I'm a first time candidate, so I've been tasked with not only coming up to speed on the issues, but also learning how to campaign. A "90-day job interview" doesn't begin to describe it. This experience has pushed me outside my comfort zone in ways I never imagined. I hope that I can be an example for others.
1) You have what it takes to run. Waiting to know everything, or being afraid to ask questions is a mistake. That first step is the hardest, and the others, just happen -- it's a sprint. I'm incredibly shy and if I can do it, so can you.
2) You are not alone. Friends and family will support you. Don't be afraid to ask. I was hesitant at first, thinking it was my responsibility to carry things through. I built the web site, I raised the funds...but the truth is public service is about the community. They stand with you all the way.
3) There will be highs and lows. It's okay to be awake at 3 a.m. thinking. It's also okay to take a day off. Taking what others do personal, is where you get into trouble. Just keep going, keep meeting people and keep growing.
I'd like to thank each and every person who agreed to speak with me, or who let me put a sign in their yard. Positive words and small donations have meant everything!