I have been thinking about my desire to serve in an elected capacity. I said before that I did not know where I would want to serve, but I am beginning to narrow the possibilities down. I realize that what I would like to accomplish by serving in an elected capacity is to help build a community. That means that I would want to stay close to a specific community. While I think that I have the capacity to serve as a public official at any level of government, I am realizing that my interests are more tailored to serving locally. That could be serving at a city or county level, or as a representative for a community at the state level.
I believe that there is more to “community” than just the political/government aspect. A community is defined by the way that people interact with each other and work together on those things where they have a common interest. Building a community therefore includes establishing the means of interaction between the members of the community.
I can see that it is going to take a while for me to capture and process all my thoughts on this subject. Suffice it to say that there will be more here on this theme as I develop this train of thought. Please feel free to jump in and correct my thinking or point out things that I should be considering about the nature of community.