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The day after

It’s the day after an election for a field of winners — all.

This morning we congratulate the newly elected public officials to local office. We thank them for their willingness to serve, whether they secured our vote or not. They represent everyone in Ketchikan as of today.

We share in their excitement, and hope they feel the encouragement evidenced in their voter support as they embark on a term to be filled with challenges and rewards, some that might be expected and some that will come as a surprise. Mundane isn’t likely to be their experience.

We also express our appreciation to those who came up short when the votes were tallied. The willingness to put one’s name on a ballot is no small thing. It’s big for the community, which respects all who want to work for its greater good.

Perhaps for these folks it’s appropriate to recall that many of the most famous and successful elected public servants experienced failure at the polls at some point in their political careers. Abraham Lincoln comes to mind. The first time his name appeared on a ballot, he lost. Eventually, he was elected a U.S. representative, but he later failed to become a U.S. senator. Still, almost 30 years after his first attempt to enter elected office, he became the 16th president of the United States.

Maybe Ketchikan didn’t have any future presidents in Tuesday’s field of candidates — or maybe it did — but it did have a slate of winners and potential future winners.

But they weren’t the only ones. An election requires a lot of behind-the-scenes attention. City of Ketchikan and Ketchikan Gateway Borough clerks, along with other city and borough staff, laid the groundwork that gave voters the opportunity to choose their representation and make decisions on ballot propositions that will affect the community for decades.

The clerks also called on a contingent of volunteers who manned the polls until the last voter had cast a ballot.

An election is an event with many roles. Not least of which is that of the voter. For those who made voting a priority on Tuesday, applause is due.

In fact, applause is appropriate all the way around. Nicely done to all who participated in the Oct. 1, 2019 municipal election.