This has been a very strange day. First of all, I saw my name in a voting booth for the very first time...weird. Then I saw my sons arriving to vote, knowing (hoping) they were voting for me, their mother...crazy. Then I stood/sat at the Polls for most of the day and I have to say, it was a great experience! We sat, Republicans and Democrats alike; incumbents and challengers side by side, seeking shade and company for the long hot day....wow...it can be done. We can be opponents and still laugh, talk, and share stories together. We can hand out our literature side by side, even as we are trying to win voters from each other....more than crazy, more than weird, more like wonderful. Today showed me what I have always believed to be true, people can be kind, respectful, personable even while being ambitious and competitive. Talk about great, talk about wonderful, talk about uplifting....I could go on and on but I'm sure by now you get the idea. This is a wonderful town, full of wonderful people, hoping for a wonderful future.
There will always be winners and losers; you can't have an election or a competition or a game without that being the case. Today, I saw healthy competition, excellent sportsmanship, and mutual respect among the people where I sat. I saw opposing candidates offering each other water, helping distribute materials, and expressing gratitude to those who came out to do their civic duty, never minding who they voted for, just congratulating them on participating in this tremendous opportunity to have a voice in the governing of our town. Today, where I sat, there was nothing ugly, nothing mean, nothing dishonest. Today, Middletown proved that we are all winners when we work together for the common good.