Although I remember every one of my own elections, the one that stands out the most is the first – 28 years ago today (!)
Working to get out the vote right until the end, while not being able to get out of my mind the possibility the die had already been cast. At 8:01 p.m. the early results coming up very positive, yet not enough to call it, then the slow burn wait until well after 10 p.m. for the next numbers.
Lazily getting out of bed the next morning among calls of congratulations. One call in particular, the City Manager, not only with congrats but also, “I’ve got some reading for you,” which in a way kind of answered the iconic ending line from a movie, “What do we do now?”
The calls that never came were the most compelling. Those who lost did not bother, but did tell the press something about the voters getting what they deserved. That was a great lesson. I committed to myself right then that no matter how I left office, I would always remember to congratulate the winners and thank the citizens for the tremendous honor and opportunity to have represented them.
Simply put, it is a tremendous opportunity, both to run and to serve in a constitutional republic. For most of us, it’s a tremendous opportunity to select our representatives, one that far too often goes wasted. How very sad that is.
To those who put their names forward – win or lose, regardless of party or philosophy – and for those of you that are exercising your right to vote, I salute you for seizing the opportunity.