Tense election gives way to happy results

After a very tense and emotional campaign period, I was pleasantly surprised to hear how many people were happy with the results.

I went out on the street this morning, as I often do on Monday mornings, asking  the newspaper’s poll question to random folks on the streets of Golden.

After what has been a very tense and emotional campaign period, I was pleasantly surprised to hear how many people were happy with the results.

The candidates for the town byelection seemed to be separated into two camps. And throughout the past month or so, most of the people I had heard from supported either one camp or the other.

Yet somehow, after 953 people cast their ballots, one person from each camp ended up on top.

I thought this was fantastic. It means that two different people with two different opinions and approaches to the position will now be on council. Either intentionally or not, the people of Golden chose diversity.

The cynic in me, however, was worried that this would mean that the results would please no one. I was worried that supporters on both sides would be disappointed that both their candidates didn’t make it in.

It would seem that I was worrying for nothing.

From what I’ve heard on the streets, and what I’ve seen written on the 2012 Golden Election Facebook page, people are generally pleased with how the democratic process unfolded.

The election got a bit nasty at times, and I am thrilled to see that the nastiness has subsided, at least for the time being.

My only hope is that it continues.