Congratulations to all of Tuesday nightâ€™s election winners, and our sincere thanks to those who ran against them, allowing voters to exercise their right to participate in our democracy - a right that is not guaranteed in many other parts of the world.
And, speaking of that, weâ€™d like to point out that our two major cities, New Britain and Bristol, will both be led by strong, dedicated woman.
Especially in todayâ€™s volatile political and social climate, thatâ€™s a major victory for equal opportunity. ...
And for the wisdom of the people who voted for their platform and leadership qualities, not their gender.
As for party labels, we heard a lot about them during the campaign, as incumbents in some towns offered dire predictions of financial calamity if the other party gained a foothold but we were glad to see that most voters looked beyond labels and voted not for party but for individuals, choosing the person(s) they believed would be best to help lead their town.
Certainly, we appreciate fiscal conservatism and the need to appeal to the business community, but we also understand that itâ€™s the average citizen who knows best what kind of place he or she wants to live in.
Itâ€™s been a difficult and divisive year in politics, and even in some local races, so weâ€™re going to put forward the hope that, here at home, at least, this election will be the beginning of a new era of people working together - are you listening, members of the state legislature? - for a stronger Connecticut, one guided by the solid values we all share.