[OP] I'd like to get some insight into the community why there is so little interest in becoming a moderator.
My work and life schedule sometimes allows me to invest a lot of time into this site, doing a deep dive into a question, and sometimes I don't have any time at all. So while the total time spent on the site might already be similar to that of a moderator, it is not spread out over the week, month or year for me.
[OP] I have seen plenty of active users that could run for election, because they are currently already doing most of the work.
The work I do is very unbalanced, with most time spent on comments and answering questions, too little time spent on voting and much too little time spent on closing questions. I do occasionally post on meta, mostly to complain about this or that question being closed.
[OP] I hope some of the regulars might reconsider and I hope to have you in the candidate pool.
I share that hope. I would encourage folks who are retired, who have a steady job but miss naive questions from science learners, who are launching into a teaching career and have good time-management so that they don't get sucked in by ChemistrySE so much they can't do their real job, to self-nominate.