I don't agree with you on every issue, for sure. If that were true, you'd be me, certainly easier, but much less fun. ;)
If you do take an office, the voices you will hear loudest will be the unhappiest (and the richest). :)
I only know you from your posts here, but you have an integrity of thought, and have never been anything but open and reasonable, IMO.
And, BTW, if you do run, take the salary. You deserve to get paid for your time (donate it to charity, if that's how you feel). The arguments about "robbery" and such are for another day. We have what we have. We will get robbed for that salary, whether you take it or not.
If you get in, you can affect change for us all. You (personally and alone) have my permission to "rob" me for your salary. (hollow words, since I am one man, and probably don't live in your state). ;)
Just open the box and see