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A dose of change

by Dave Adsett

It has been an interesting election year in that change didn’t seem to be on many minds.

Numerous councils had positions filled by acclamation, some communities only had a race for mayor and even county ward races seemed limited this time. It was an odd election season.

What drives voters to try something new is still a mystery to us, especially when municipal business appears to be conducted professionally and efficiently.

For whatever reason, the voters get in a mood for change, although this time it was a mighty quiet mood, catching some candidates off guard. It starts a conversation that we have had with numerous candidates over the years who find themselves on the losing end of an election.

The downside to running for office is obviously suffering a defeat. Everyone knows the rules of the game when entering, but that does little to combat hurt feelings that come about from a public defeat. We have some advice on that.

For people who are running for the first time, there is always next time. Over the years we have noted many people who didn’t make it or lost their seat, do make comebacks. Lessons are learned, and the experience gives people willing to try again a leg up next time.

It may sound cliché, but if a person truly believes in the merits of democracy, the discomfort associated with a loss is a small price to pay for the opportunity to participate in such a grand exercise. Similarly, candidates who lose their seat after one term or several, must accept the will of the people. While there are certainly different interpretations of events or the success of a time in office, under our system, the public makes choices.

The sting of defeat may be tough, but as we have seen with dozens of people over the years, it doesn’t last long. Once off the public treadmill, life can be very rewarding in different ways.

On behalf of readers, we offer gratitude to those people who ran for office, a thanks to those who have served and will not be returning, and best wishes to all candidates as the new term with new personalities unfolds.

 

October 26, 2018

 
 

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