Many people did their part in this election, working tirelessly to elect their candidate. Everyday people had a chance to get involved, meet their neighbors and encourage each other to vote and be involved. I know people who had not voted for decades who cast their ballot to elect Barack Obama. And these people were not young.
That's what democracy is all about: a give-and-take dialogue combining knowledge and insights, seeking solutions above blame. Elections remind us that our future is in our hands, that a democracy needs citizens who look at possibilities, and help create a more perfect union.
We need to maintain this lesson in our day to day lives, by being involved in our city councils, our board of education, our county commissions. The health and welfare of our communities depend on our staying informed and debate solutions.