If you’re fired up about issues facing your local community, you’re ready to take action, and you love to be in charge, then you should run for Mayor!
A mayor is the elected head of a city, town, or other municipality. As Mayor, you would be responsible for overseeing your city’s main departments, including the police, fire, education, housing, and transportation departments, vetoing legislation, presiding over council meetings, and making ceremonial appearances.
- Oversees city’s main departments, including the police, fire, education, housing and transportation departments
- Vetoes legislation
- Presides over council meetings
- Makes ceremonial appearances
To run for Mayor in most states, you will need to be at least 18 or 21 years of age, registered to vote in your community, and be a resident for at least one year. There is no particular background needed to run for Mayor, but here are a few skills that are handy to have:
- Management and leadership skills
- Willingness to make tough decisions
- Good communication skills
- Administrative skill and ability to delegate
- Ability to inspire others
- If you’re thinking, “Well, maybe, but…” hold your buts because you need a pep talk. Check out our 26 Common Barriers to Running for Office!
- Get all of the details about what a Mayor does, what’s required, what they get paid, and more in our Public Office Profile Suite.
- Ready to run for office? Download our Step by Step Guide for Getting Started Running for Office.
- All of the above? Join the She Should Run Community where you have all the connection, inspiration, and information you need to consider and prepare for run for office.