When a person considers running for public office, especially at the municipal level, it is rarely with the thought of enriching oneself. In the borough of Slatington, for example, a member of council makes about $1,900 a year; the council president gets an additional $600 for the extra duties and conducting the meeting. Obviously, the motivation must be something else.
Residents hope it is because candidates want to try to help improve their community, and, in a way, give back for the opportunities given to the candidate. I like the phrase “paying one’s community rent.”