With elections over, time to focus on job at hand

Published 12:00 am Saturday, October 29, 2011

Now that the dust has settled, residents of the River Parishes can finally look forward to some sense of stability after what was a sometimes tumultuous political campaign season.

Many of the same players will return to their positions, but there were some notable changes. St. John the Baptist Parish will see a new sheriff for the first time since 1996 after challenger Mike Tregre defeated incumbent Wayne Jones. St. James Parish has chosen a new parish president, with Timmy Roussel taking the race over challenger Rowdy Kennard Scott. Long time St. James Parish President Dale Hymel Jr. chose not to seek re-election so he can spend more time with his family. Additionally, parish councils in all of the River Parishes will contain some new faces in 2012.

Congratulations to the winners of each and every election.

Now that the campaigns are, for the most part, over, it is time for the elected officials and the people of the River Parishes to put political differences aside for the greater good of the region. The decisions have been made, and these men and women will be the leaders of the River Parishes for the foreseeable future, so whether your candidate won or lost, it is time to show support for the winners. For it is only through the support of its citizens that the leadership of a region can make true progress.

Of course, election season is not quite over yet. Runoffs in a number of important races will be held Nov. 19. Voter turnout in this election is predicted to be very low, but it should not be. Some of the choices made that day may affect the River Parishes for many years to come, so it is important everyone get out and vote. Every vote counts, and every voice matters.