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New officials need our support

We congratulate all newly elected city council and school board representatives across Denton County.

You conducted effective campaigns, shook a lot of hands and worked hard to reach voters and convince them that you are the right people to do the job.

It was a stressful few weeks as you visited with other residents to discuss the issues, listened to their concerns and asked for their votes. Then, as the final hours of the election wound down Saturday, the pressure reached its peak as you waited for the polls to close and the ballots to be counted.

What would the outcome be?

Did you have the right answers? Would the people support you? Had your hard-fought campaign paid off?

Finally, the results were in and the victory parties were underway. It was time to celebrate as the winners gathered with family and supporters to savor their accomplishments.

What a night it was, a well-deserved reward after such a hard-fought battle.

We hope that each and every one of you savored every minute because now comes the tough part. It’s time to roll up your sleeves and get to work.

Denton County cities and school districts face enormous challenges as your terms in office begin. Rapid growth has brought increasing demand for services and a need to reinforce or replace existing infrastructure in many areas.

Cities and school districts are juggling available revenue and debating ways to generate additional money to deal with old problems and new dilemmas. It will be up to you to make the decisions that provide solutions and effective measures to help ensure a productive future for your communities.

We know you will work hard and do your best to be effective representatives of the people and will base your decisions on what’s best for all.

That’s not always easy to do, but we have every confidence that you can and will succeed.

Welcome aboard, and we wish you luck in the weeks and months ahead as you go about your duties.

As for everyone else, we remind each of you that our newly elected officials deserve your full support. We realize that you may not have voted for the winners, but that should no longer be an issue.

In order to do their jobs fully and effectively, the men and women who were elected Saturday will need your input and help. It’s time for campaign signs to come down and differences to be set aside.

Now that the election is over, we should all be on the same team.