I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait for this fall’s election cycle to come to an end.

For those of us in public office who are not up for election this year, there are some very good lessons. I only wish this year’s candidates had learned them from past elections.

First and foremost, never use robo-calls. I have been besieged by calls from everyone – Barak, John (hey, if they are going to call me at home we must be on a first name basis) and even from a congressional candidate in Kansas where I obviously don’t live. (Note to candidates: These calls are bad enough without calling people who don’t live in your district.)

They invariably call between 6 and 8 p.m., when I have usually just arrived home and am trying to pay bills, walk the dog or work on world peace. Whatever I am doing, it is more important than running to phone, only to hear a long pause before someone starts the recording, “Hello, stand by for an important message from ...”

Second, leave other people’s signs alone. In past elections I have had signs run over, stolen, moved and burned. So have lots of other candidates. Each time it has angered me because in elections for smaller offices signs are the cheapest way for a candidate to seek name recognition. If anything is “unAmerican” it is deliberately interfering with the election process. And it is a crime.

Third, and this is hard, talk about issues that are important today. Stop trying to get a bad black-and-white picture of your opponent with their mouth open. Is that really the best you can do? I know all of the pundits say going negative pays, but surely someone has the courage to try to run a totally positive campaign. While it is not negative to accurately point out differences between you and your opposition, surely it can be done without the name-calling.

I have not yet decided if I will run for re-election in two years, but I guarantee that if I do I will read and re-read this column before doing so.