The mean­ing of Vir­ginia’s elec­tion

The Washington Post Sunday - - SUNDAY OPINION - let­ters@wash­post.com

Re­gard­ing the Nov. 8 front-page ar­ti­cle “Vic­tory for Northam in Va.”:

That sound that you heard Tues­day was the voice of the peo­ple of Vir­ginia re­ject­ing the pol­i­tics of hate and di­vi­sion. It was a re­sound­ing slap in the face of in­tol­er­ance and au­thor­i­tar­i­an­ism. It was the sound of peo­ple wak­ing from a year-long night­mare and de­cid­ing that enough was enough. Man it felt good!

Ger­ald Trabucco, Spring­field

This is the way it’s sup­posed to be. Two gentle­men run­ning for gover­nor in a con­tentious bat­tle. One gen­tle­man wins; one loses. The loser gra­ciously con­cedes vic­tory to the win­ner, wishes him well and pledges his sup­port. No de­mands for re­counts, no claims of a rigged elec­tion, il­le­gal votes or fake news, no calls for an in­ves­ti­ga­tion of voter fraud. Nor did the win­ner level out­ra­geous claims con­cern­ing the size of his vic­tory or the com­port­ment of the loser.

This is our demo­cratic sys­tem at its best. Both the win­ner and the loser are to be con­grat­u­lated. Let us hope this pro­vides a model for elec­tions else­where in the coun­try. Wil­liam P. Win­ter, Sil­ver Spring

For the first time, I voted with­out a party. I voted for Demo­cratic gu­ber­na­to­rial nom­i­nee Ralph Northam and for Repub­li­can at­tor­ney gen­eral nom­i­nee John Adams be­cause they ran cam­paigns of good re­pute. Un­be­knownst to the dem­a­gogues, that is im­por­tant.

Our com­mon­wealth is crowned with cul­ture and art, un­der­stand­ing, rich his­tory and a fu­ture of progress, the prom­ise of re­stored dig­nity for those whom it has wrongly shunned and schol­ar­ship for all who pur­sue it. We are old and young, wealthy and poor, rooted and tran­sient, tat­tooed and pearl-laden, cat lovers and dog lovers, food­ies and fit­ness gu­rus, na­ture lovers and graf­fi­tiers. We are Repub­li­cans, Democrats, gay, straight, lib­er­als, con­ser­va­tives, Jews, Mus­lims, Chris­tians, ag­nos­tics. We are not to be de­cided for or branded by politi­cians of any party.

Vir­gini­ans do not vote based on the com­ments of politi­cians. We vote for walk­ing our dogs in the park by the river or hik­ing in the Blue Ridge Moun­tains, for good schools and safe streets, for wash­ing our faces in the salt of the ocean’s swell. We vote for our farm­ers and fish­ers, our artists and im­mi­grants, our doc­tors and our teach­ers and our chil­dren to have the re­sources they need to be the best that they can be, be­cause we know Vir­ginia best, be­cause we are Vir­ginia.

Anne Tay­lor Rawls, Rich­mond

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