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Now comes the governing

No matter the outcome of the municipal elections, however each race has panned out, whether it went for the candidate you supported or not, now is the time for residents in each town to pull together and get down to the business of running the government. That is the great difference between local elections and the statewide or national ones: All those who won office can now put aside party allegiances and think wholly about the good of their towns.

Part of the reason for that is the groups at the town level are so small, one would hope that the face to face reality of hearing one another out on the issues should help to build a bridge rather than a wall, as so often happens at the higher government levels. This doesn’t alway pan out, of course, even in the Northwest Corner towns, but proximity can create better understanding and, let’s hope, even cooperation to solve some problems along the way.

The requirement of having more than one party affiliation represented on the boards of selectmen also helps, forcing some varied views to work together. Though, in small New England towns, differing opinions are to be expected on any topic, from the weather to how to enliven the local economy to increasing affordable housing and jobs and on and on, even among those of the same party. 

And having representatives from opposing parties serving together on committees at the federal level in Washington doesn’t really seem to help create working bipartisanship, does it?

Still, the candidates who were elected can now look forward to serving as best they can to try to make life better for themselves, their families and friends, and all their neighbors, not just those they imagine think as they do. Thanks to all those who ran, thanks to those who voted and best of luck and skill to all those who won offices. Our small towns need all hands on deck now to not only fill their municipal offices, but also their volunteer positions. 

We will take this opportunity to encourage all our readers to think about where their interests lie and to act on them. Kudos to all those who ran for office, congratulations to the winners. And kudos to all who can now also think about how to volunteer in their towns in other capacities to make their communities better places to live.