How about running for library board, if you live in a library district?
Hardly anyone cares who is on the library board.
There are some exceptions.
I would point to the library district in Libertyville where conservatives and liberals have fought knock-down-drag-out battles with the liberals winning the last go-round.
Despite that, those who think they might like to run for higher office some day can get the resume they need by running for and winning a library district board post.
Sometimes enough people aren’t even interested enough to fill all the vacancies.
I guarantee you it is better to run than to have most library board appoint their favorite.