Post-election, we’ll be just fine.
In 2016, in the immediate aftermath of the Presidential election, I partnered with the Center for Community Dialogue in hosting a forum titled “The election is over; where do we go from here?” People were concerned that the political campaigns had uncovered deep divisions among us, that the rhetoric throughout the campaign season had furthered those divisions, and there was general uncertainty over what the future would hold, and how we could come together again. The forum provided a welcomed venue for many of us to share those concerns with our neighbors. As we approach next week’s election, we are in a largely similar situation.
I felt the need to write today not to cheerlead or to paint a false picture of where we are. You’re adults and you know what these past 4 years have brought. I don’t need to remind you of that, and yet I do want to reflect on our resiliency and our ability to persevere, even when navigating very uncharted waters. Next Tuesday will bring what it brings – and Tucsonans will continue to fight for what’s right, regardless of the outcome.
The year 2020 seems to have been the perfect capstone for the past 4 years. On top of the political, environmental and social justice challenges; COVID-19 has turned our lives upside down. And yet, in the aftermath of the ‘16 election many of us didn’t see the path to a good outcome. Well, together we’ve made it to today, and we’ll continue fighting the great fight after Tuesday.
Hang in there and stay confident. Tucson is going to come together and continue being a great City in which to live, work and play. Encourage a neighbor and be encouraged yourself. Working together, we’re going to be just fine.
Most importantly for today – stay safe and stay well.