It’s over. Finally. Now the real work begins.
First off, we’d like to sincerely thank everybody who cast a ballot for the candidates they felt were best suited to lead our community, state and country. Voting is our wonderful right as U.S. citizens, as well as our civic responsibility. We should never under-appreciate this process — no matter how annoying campaign advertisements can become.
Second, we would like to thank all of our candidates for having the courage and commitment to place their names on a ballot with the hope of serving the public. Their participation in the practice of democracy is invaluable.
By late Tuesday night President Barack Obama had secured enough electoral votes to win a second term, outlasting an honorable effort by Republican challenger Mitt Romney. The Republicans held their advantage in the U.S. House of Representatives and the Democrats did the same in the U.S. Senate. While Obama seemed to win by a larger margin than originally anticipated, the popular numbers were pretty close. While the American people chose to give the president more time, we hardly feel this election was a hearty endorsement of the president’s first term.
During Romney’s elegant concession speech, the former Massachusetts governor said he will pray that the president succeeds in his second term and that the country can come together and work together. We couldn’t agree more. That means compromise. That means some give and take. President Obama said in his victory address that he learned something from this campaign that has made him a better president. We certainly hope that’s true, too. There is no room for arrogance in Obama’s victory, but plenty of room for humility. Republicans and Democrats must work together better than they have. It should be the duty of our re-elected president to lead the way in that reconciliation.
Stump switching teams
Here in Elkhart County we would be remiss if we didn’t congratulate current Goshen City Council President Tom Stump on his election to the County Council. Stump has served the citizens of Goshen on the City Council for nearly 21 years. A Republican, Stump has been an excellent advocate for his party and has worked well over the years with Democratic Mayor Allan Kauffman. As we mentioned a couple weeks ago, perhaps our national leaders could learn a lesson or two from them.
Stump joins incumbents John Letherman and David Ashe who each won re-election Tuesday. Stump also joins another former Goshen City Councilman, Darryl Riegsecker, on the County Council. Riegsecker was elected to the council in 2010. Having two voices from Goshen on the County Council is important, especially with issues including Goshen’s South Link Road that have been a point of contention in city-county relations in the past.
Stump will be missed on the City Council, but is an excellent addition to the County Council.
It’s over. Finally. Now the real work begins.
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