Anyone new coming to the game should be dealt with differently. Stay out of their bedrooms. Focus on what happens in their boardrooms instead. Truly separate church and state. Focus on their performance in business or volunteer work, not on fluff. Severely limit campaign spending. Make so that anyone of any economic background can run.
I know that here in Pleasanton we lost some potentially great leaders at the local levels because they did not want to put their families through the moral mudslinging of a campaign. They did not want their political integrity questioned because they went to the wrong church, or no church at all.