What Democracy Really Looks Like
Yesterday Wisconsinites showed up at the polls in astronomical numbers to cast their ballots for local offices such as school board, city council, county executive, and Wisconsin Supreme Court.
Although the winner of the Supreme Court case is not yet decided as well as the winners of some smaller races statewide, I want to take this opportunity to congratulate all of the candidates who chose to run. As someone who made that decision myself a little over a year ago, I can speak from experience when I say that running for office is both challenging and rewarding.
It takes courage to enter the political arena – a candidate risks ridicule and embarrassment while often undergoing drastic changes in his or her daily life and placing unforeseen stress on their family. However, the opportunity to articulate ideas, meet fellow citizens, and learn new perspectives is enriching and inspiring.
So to those of you who won your elections yesterday – congratulations. Remember who you represent, continue to educate yourselves, and stick to your principles. To those of you who lost elections yesterday – take heart. Continue to fight for your ideas, work hard, and try again next time because that is what democracy looks like.