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Election 2005

Preliminary election results are in for my area, and I'm breathing a sigh of relief.

Of course, New Jersey's gubernatorial race has been hotly and nastily contested this year, and I'm relieved to have the race over with. The preliminary counts have the job going to Corzine, who I would describe as the lesser of two evils. I didn't vote for him - nor for Forrester; I chose to write in someone else instead.

For me, it's all about the local elections. I work for the municipal attorney, so by voting for council members (and the Mayor, when that's up for election), I am indirectly influencing my own job by helping to select my boss's boss. I've been around to have real opinions most years about the people running, as well.

In this case, there were three candidates for two seats. One I know and have worked with often. One I know only by reputation. One I know little more than the name. I have some pretty strong feelings on the matter, though, and about what it would mean for me over the next few years. (I'm being deliberately vague, since I don't want to have to lock the post.) It happens that my opinions are the same as those held by my boss and the other co-worker from an Old Madison family, although I formed them on my own.

Preliminary results show that the incumbents won, which was my hope. It's a good feeling to have things turn out the way you want.