Americans run for public office for a wide variety of reasons and combinations of reasons. The best people run for altruistic reasons because they honestly believe they can make a contribution for the good in public service. Others run because they can, and they have the time and money to take off from other work to put in many weeks campaigning for the first time or have the advantage of running for re-electtion as an incumbent.
But sadly, too many people run for office to feed a large vanity because they want to have some title and imagine that there is some illusory "glamour" in holding some lever of political power. Or they are trying to impress a spouse or family member with gaining status they never could achieve in some other profession so they look to elective office as a new profession.
What do you think are the reasons that candidates run? In your opinion, what are good reasons and what are bad reasons? Do the motives of a candidate matter to you when you decide to vote for or against them? Or is it enough that the candidate is qualified and agrees with your opinions? Is philosophy more important than experience or qualifications? What different motives are behind men and women candidates?