OK, we voted, now what?
Election Day either brought changes to those holding local, state and national offices or largely kept the status quo.
We thank those who exercised their civic right — and shouldered their responsibility — to vote in the 2018 general election. Whether you voted early, by absentee or on Election Day, whether you voted a straight party ticket or split votes among two or more parties, whether you voted for candidates and policies you support or against candidates and policies you oppose, our democracy depends on you getting out and casting your ballot.
We applaud those who ran for public office. In these divided times, it is not always the easiest decision to make. But most of you ran for office because you want to serve the citizens of your county, Congressional district or state. Whether the voters chose to elect you to office or you fell short in your campaign, you felt strongly about your mission and did your best to earn votes.
For those incumbents who decided not to seek reelection or who didn’t win another term on Tuesday, we thank you for your service to your neighbors and fellow citizens. You served the citizens as best you could, taking time away from your own jobs, businesses and families to do so. Whether it was your decision or the voters, enjoy the additional free time or stay involved and active in the political arena in other ways.
There was a red wave here in Queen Anne’s County, where Republican candidates and incumbents found favor with the voters, while other parts of the nation went blue.
Either way, we would encourage our fellow citizens to continue to pay attention to the political process. Ensure those who were elected are responsive to the needs of the county, district or state they represent.
We also would urge those who are more actively involved in politics or various issues to continue their efforts. Attend meetings. Speak at public hearings. Pay attention to voting records and public comments.
Finally, we would ask everyone to remember that we are more united than divided. We support many of the same things, but may disagree on the best ways to accomplish our goals.
Look for common ground. Seek out areas of agreement and discuss areas of disagreement calmly and without rancor.
Whether we have multiple generations of ancestors buried here or are more recent arrivals, we’ll remain here after Election Day, neighbors all the same. If we can keep that in mind and get to know one another on a more personal level, rather than relying on labels like “liberal” or “conservative,” “Democrat” or “Republican,” we’ll be a stronger community for it.