We congratulate all who participated as candidates, not only those who were elected, but also those who missed achieving their victories. Everybody benefits when clearly diverse choices are presented to voters. Without that, the process could only be regarded as a hollow covenant.
It takes a lot of courage and self-confidence to put oneself on the block in this way. One is exposed to withering scrutiny and criticism by those with opposing viewpoints. Miles of city streets are walked and hundreds of hands are shaken. Personal and intellectual acumen must be honed to a razor’s width, and when called upon for an answer there had better be one ready.
How many among us would really feel up to that challenge? And how many of that number would measure up in a credible fashion?
We have just witnessed the finest in our community give their all for the opportunity to serve in positions that require special skills and talents that most of us could not claim to possess. Being respectful of and grateful to all who participated – no matter who we ultimately supported – is definitely worth thinking about.