it would make it hard for those who would steal and cheat those they are supposed to be working for. No more would a city council be able to keep voting to raise their salaries, bonuses and benefits. No more Bell California scenarios.
For those who attempt to break the law it would be a felony conviction and ALL their possessions would be forfeit to the city, county or state of which they attempted to cheat.
Only those who would want to serve to make a difference would seek these seats, because their community and not their pocketbook would be their main motivation.