Our congratulations this morning to Gov.-elect Mike Dunleavy, Congressman Don Young and Stand for Alaska, the opponents of Ballot Measure 1. All ran successful election campaigns – and Alaska is the better for it.

Make no mistake, running for office is no picnic. It takes energy, tenacity and sacrifice. After watching more electoral contests that we care to admit to, we remain absolutely amazed that anybody would actually want to take it on. That they do is reason to celebrate.

While the dust settles from yesterday’s festivities, we would like to take a moment to thank everybody who offered themselves as grist for the grinding, often thankless electoral process.

Winners and losers alike today have earned the heart-felt thanks of Alaskans.



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