True story: average folks can run and can win and can make a difference. Right after Obama got elected a former student of mine in high school back from the class of 1990 called me and said he wanted to run for State Representative. He had kept in touch with me over the years and I had urged him to do such things a few times in the past but he was never ready. So 20 years later he is ready to dive into the pool and says he wants me to run his campaign for him - be the campaign manager - and advise him to to get elected. I was retired and believed in the guy so I did. And in a nine person primary we won. We both worked like dogs and on most days it was only the two of us putting in ten to fifteen hour days for months and months but we won. We even beat the hand picked designated heir of the outgoing state rep.
And now he is in the state capitol doing great things and making a difference.
You should think about running and showing them who the real boss is. I may even know somebody who can give you some campaign advice.