I was wondering whether any members are politicians. We've got some elections coming up here next month so all the normal campaigning is going on at the moment and as I always do at this time I wonder whether I should stand next time round? After all I seem to understand the issues as well as many of those standing. So are you a politician, and if so why did you stand, how do you perform (honestly), are there perks and what are the worst of the downsides? It'd be helpful if when answering you let us know where in the world you are and, if possible, what level of politics you're at. Obviously those unsuccessful candidates can answer with campaign stories and those who are in the same boat as me and are thinking about it.