Updated Aug. 15
Every year, thousands of Americans try their hand at breaking into politics by running for some kind of elected office.
It's a noble act, often aimed at trying to make a difference — on a school board, a city council or a zoning commission.
But it isn't easy, and many passionate, intelligent people don't know where to start.
NPR's politics team and Life Kit are putting together a how-to guide — in podcast form — on running for office.
If you ran for office and lost, we want to hear from you.
Whether your campaign was more Veep or more West Wing, we want your stories. If you ran a House of Cards campaign, maybe keep that to yourselves.
What are the things you wish you had known going in? What mistakes did you make? What clever tips would you give to newcomers?
Tell us by filling out the form below.
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