Money should not bar potential political candidates from running for office, but it is a significant factor at all levels of government.
So, you want to run for politics, but you are worried about the financial costs of taking time off work to campaign. Do you have a “political campaign emergency fund” set up? Probably not.
Most of us don’t have access to the kind of money necessary to mount a political campaign, never mind the kind of money required to take several weeks off work to campaign.