I'm at the edge of the x-gen, at 43. I presented opinions before the planning commission in my village. At issue was a large bar/entertainment facility in the middle of our residential neighborhood. I led a large and vocal opposition in a well planned presentation. The bar found a new site to develop.
Our administrator called me about six months later when an appointment opened up. I was honored to serve, and I've been at it for almost a year. My advice is to watch the folks who present well thought out opinions and approach them.