Another Election Day has come and gone, and we all survived. Congratulations to all who were victorious in their run for public office. Thank you to every candidate who ran for office. Regardless of the outcome, you made a difference in this election cycle. I offer a huge shout-out to all the volunteers, regardless of your party affiliation, who volunteered their time to help the candidates of their choice. The many hours spent at headquarters, writing endorsements, making calls, going door-to-door and donating your time and money are the life blood of elections. The heroes of the day are the voters. The turnout was tremendous, and it was great to see so many new and first-time voters involved and exercising their right to vote. In January, the elected will take their respective oath of office and begin or continue doing the people’s work. I wish them well and trust they will make thoughtful decisions and cast prudent votes for all of the citizens they represent.
For the candidates and their supporters, elections are exhausting. Many hours of hard work and stress can make the minutes on Election Day seem like hours. When it’s over, all your senses and emotions have been touched. The morning after, you are either elated or disappointed. Either way you know you have been a part of an essential process.