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Editorial: After the election

It’s over now. Winners smile, all the contenders take down their signs, and the people of Gloucester and Mathews try to get on with everyday things after the local elections that revealed some new and surprising—at least to us—divisions.

A tiny touch of the nastiness that smudges state elections and swamps the national conversation found its way to local races. We were sorry to see this. We hope it vanishes as the newly elected leaders of our counties get on with their business.

They have to try to get along for the good of the rest of us.

We always admire our neighbors who decide that they can help their hometowns and who offer themselves to the glare of scrutinizing voters. Those who won will find that they are indeed on call, all the time. Their phones will ring at any hour. They will be presented with the complaints and troubles of late school buses to dogs running at large to, well, anything that has to do with local schools, taxes and laws.

We congratulate a...

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