Every political career has to start somewhere. Why not start the easy way—by winning an uncontested race for advisory neighborhood commissioner? The job doesn’t pay and requires the ability to sit through the meetings, but it can be quite a little power trip, if that’s what you’re into.

As of 9 a.m. today, there were still 41 single-member districts that are wide open. No potential candidates have picked up the petition forms needed to get on the November ballot. If you’re not in one of the empty guys, there’s still hope: 164 of the 286 districts have only one candidate running.

Opportunity’s knocking, but there’s not much time to get the door. Twenty-five signatures from within your district must be handed in to the ANC office in the Wilson Building Board of Elections and Ethics office at 441 4th St. NW by 4:59:59, says ANC coordinator Gottlieb Simon. “If you haven’t gotten in, the door will be locked at five.”