Should competent EAs be pursuing local political offices?
There’s no simple yes or no answer. A) Competence is multi-dimensional, and B) there are some types of competencies that would make me discourage someone from running for office and doing other things instead.
There are also several other factors besides competency that go into whether someone is a good fit for running for office, among them things like personal history, location, temperament, and the badness of whomever is currently occupying the office in question.
I think some EAs should pursue local political office, and who those EAs are should be determined by their comparative advantage relative to other people in the community.
I’ve helped several people think through this question to decide if it’s right for them and am very happy to schedule a 1-on-1 conversation with any person in the community who is considering political office. In fact, I think it’s one of the best ways I can be helpful. My email address is ecomstockedwards at gmail dot com.