To those who voted in the midterm elections, good for you. To those who worked on campaigns, good for you too. If, however, you think it’s over, think again.
Many get so tired of the drama surrounding elections that they disengage until the next election cycle rolls around. This is a mistake. There should be no time when constituents shut down on governance. It is imperative to stay informed and get involved. This is what makes a democracy work.
For those whose candidates have won, it’s time to become watchful. Are your elected officials fulfilling their promises? Your vote put them in office, so your vigilance is needed to make certain they’re worthy of it. Find out if they are doing the job you’ve given them. If they aren’t, express your displeasure and act on it.
For those whose candidates didn’t win, don’t point fingers. Instead, ask party leaders, offer suggestions and ask yourself if you could have done more to impact the results.
Responsibility in governance does not rest solely on the shoulders of elected officials but is shared by us all.
Marcia W. Noonan