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I think WOW about covers it...

November 5, 2008 - Jennifer Brookens
As a reporter, I feel a mix of emotions come election time: excitement and dread, anticipation and anxiety. And afterwards, I can experience exhilaration and grief, or maybe just relief.

Whether you love or hate the results or are just glad its over (except for that nasty Coleman/Franken senate race), you gotta admit we witnessed a historical milestone. In addition to Obama's victory, several news sites report this was the largest voter turnout the nation has seen in 90 years (going back to when women were finally given the right to vote in 1920).

Even here at the Sentinel office, we saw and heard a combination of cheers, jeers and tears. (Despite what some may believe, there actually is an even split between "those media liberals" and "those conservatives on the editoral page" in our newsroom.) But nearly all of us groaned and complained about "That Coleman/Franken race isn't decided YET?!!"

My biggest shock of the night though was on the homefront. When my husband decided to toss his hat into the school board ring, there were still more positions than candidates. When we learned a race was on, my husband just said, "I just hope I get more than two votes. Maybe break into double or triple digits..." So we were both in shock as the returns came in last night and he was holding his own. In several precincts, he finished second to school board president Julie Laue.

It's all surreal to us still, and I'll let Dan speak for himself about the whole thing. But I would take a moment to note my appreciation and admiration of Helen Gould, who has served 26 years on the school board. I know she canceled plans in order to attend the candidate forum with Dan, and I have the utmost respect for her knowledge and the dedication she has shown. But I also know she and her husband have the travel bug, and I'm sure they will enjoy making future trips and plans without the school board duties directing her schedule. Thank you Helen, and enjoy your future endeavors!


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