Jeff Neal

Only the most fervent political junkie was a little sad on Wednesday morning to wake up and realize the General Election is over.

For the rest of us, it was a sigh of relief.

Elections are contentious these days, more than ever.

It's not just Candidate A vs. Candidate B anymore. It's life and death, good and evil.

In sports terms, every race is Ali vs. Frazier, the Lakers vs. the Celtics, Ohio State vs. Michigan or Kentucky vs. Duke.

And, quite frankly, that's exhausting.

On the local level, the mudslinging was kept to a minimum -- and that we can be thankful for.

But now that the election is over, it might be a good time to keep a few things in mind.

First and foremost, the world won't change on January 2, 2019.

If the candidate you supported won, you won't find a perfect city or county awaiting you with the new year.

You likely won't find a perfect city or county four years from now.

But if you believed in your candidate, and he or she prevailed, have faith. Stay the course and give them the time they need to implement their ideas.

While perfection is elusive, improvement can be achieved with a lot of hard work and a little patience.

On the other hand, if your candidate lost, the sun rose on Wednesday morning. And it will continue to rise.

Give the folks who were elected a chance -- even if your candidate of choice lost. Remember, these people are citizens of Somerset and Pulaski County just like you. They have a vested interest, like you.

We should want our neighbors who were elected to office to succeed -- whether we voted for them or not.

To the candidates who worked so hard and won their races on Tuesday, I say congratulations. Thank you for choosing to serve our community.

But now the real work begins.

Let's all band together to build a better community.

JEFF NEAL is the Editor of the Commonwealth Journal and can be reached at Follow him on Twitter at @jnealCJ.