Speaking to high-level positions, obviously somebody was best mayor of some town.
Particularly federal House/Senate positions, Governor of a state, President, perhaps Mayor of NYC, LA, Chicago, Detroit, Atlanta, et. al. would be on a close tier.
But I’m thinking about people with no governing qualifications elected into a major role who did well. There are just a lot of them elected recently and possibly about to happen, I’m wondering how that turns out.
I think he gave an across-the-board X% tax break one year when the budget had a surplus. The legislature wanted to spend the extra and he gave a public address and said he was asking the legislature to have Californians compute their taxes like normal, but then when they got to the final tax, multiply it by (1-X%) and pay or claim a refund based on that number instead. (Forms & tables had already been printed by this point, so it was too late to change that part.) This is my recollection from reading his autobiography, and I no longer remember what X is.
The legislature (begrudgingly, according to him) went along with it.
Whether that was ultimately good or bad is a matter of opinion, but it was certainly popular. No clue how the money would have been spent if Reagan wouldn’t have gotten his way.
Ivan Allen did a great job as mayor of Atlanta from 1962-1970. He went from running an office supply store to being mayor. Ivan Allen Jr. - Wikipedia.
While being Atlanta mayor was his first run for office, he did serve on staff for a couple of governors for a few years as a younger man. Not sure if this puts him in the “no governing qualifications” or not.
Maybe Bloomberg but honestly I’d have to review him, it’s a large position and I’m a bit ignorant.
Ivan Allan is a good deep cut and appears to have been good although as @ArthurItas said he had some experience at least, just not elected.
I disagree with Romney politically but he was decent at advancing his party’s positions and wasn’t hardline. He had experience in the political system previously, but nothing elected until he became Governor IIRC.
Overall I would consider at least working in political campaigns some qualification. There are a lot of races going on with people who have only business experience, and sometimes barely even that.
Wasn’t trying to discount him, just not spending a lot of time researching each unless I get bored after the workday. That is a good example, he’s the least crazy Libertarian I know and seems to have a head on his shoulders and I could see a world where I’d vote for him, if third party voting in national elections made sense.