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Editorial: Campaigns were a cut above
Sunday, November 10, 2013
Republicans and Democrats in Virginia could take a lesson from the candidates in Tuesday’s elections in Henry County and Martinsville.
On the state level, candidates of both political parties set a new, dismal standard for negative, nasty campaigns. Especially in the governor’s race, the candidates seemed more intent on berating their opponent than saying how they would improve Virginia. It was not the commonwealth’s finest moment.
But local elections were another matter. For the most part, candidates in races for boards of supervisors, school boards, commonwealth’s attorneys and House of Delegates ran campaigns that focused more on how they would work on area issues than each other’s weaknesses.
Now, it is time to stop all the campaigning and get to work. For the successful incumbents, that means taking what they heard from voters during their campaigns and seeing how they can be responsive to those concerns. For the successful newcomers, it means crash courses in how government works and their new roles.
For voters, it means looking forward and helping their elected leaders work for the common good.