Column: Election winners deserve congrats


Tribune photo by Aaron Piper/ Voters double their line into the First Baptist Church's voting area Tuesday. One of two precincts ran out of paper ballots and was forced to use additional voting machines, resulting in a delay near closing time.

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We offer a thumbs up and a hearty congratulations to the winners in Tuesday’s area elections. We offer the same to those candidates who challenged the winners.

It takes courage and dedication to the public good to enter the arena, or it should.

Now comes the hard part: What will you election winners do to merit voters keeping you around in another four years? Make that two years for offices such as members of the U.S. and Indiana House of Representatives.

We hope to see an easy transition where change is occurring, as it is in many offices and boards, such as new faces on area school boards, the county council, the Jackson Circuit Court bench and House District 69.

We also hope to hear soon from the winners on how they will prepare for their new terms in office, most of which start Jan. 1, as well as those who were retained in office.

One thing we’re pleased about not hearing any time soon are those grainy, screaming commercials that bash one candidate or another while giving voters no reason at all to support their opponents.

We also hope the campaign rhetoric proves more than just rhetoric. And that those elected Tuesday will be open to the thoughts and ideas of those who were defeated at the polls and their supporters.

Voters certainly deserve the best representation and action that their elected leaders can provide, and we should all remember that neither one party nor one candidate has cornered the market on good ideas.

It will take some time to determine whether the changes on Election Day will truly be sweeping or whether a stirred-up electorate will rise again to sweep those elected Tuesday out of office.

Again, congratulations and good luck. We’ll all be watching.

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