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Now it's time for the work to begin

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By The Staff

The voters have spoken. And isn't that what an election is all about? And more local voters participated in last week's election than ever before - 10,997 or 65 percent of us.

Even though Taylor Countians overwhelmingly supported Republican John McCain, history has been made with the election of the nation's first black president - Barack Obama.

Obama will have a difficult job. There will be those who jump on every perceived failure and say, "I told you so." And those same people will likely credit others with his successes. Partisanship appears stronger than ever before, and that's a shame since we should all have the same goal. The Senate and Congress must work together to solve the problems staring the U.S. in the face.

But voters also made choices that hit closer to home in Taylor County.

Just as Kentuckians favored the Republican presidential candidate, they also chose a Republican senator and representative. With his re-election, Sen. Mitch McConnell may well be the single most powerful Republican in the nation, and newcomer Brett Guthrie will replace Ron Lewis as Representative of the 2nd Congressional District.

John "Bam" Carney will represent Taylor and Adair counties at the state legislature in Frankfort. As a full-time teacher, he will definitely have his work cut out for him, and he has promised to be there for us.

Even more locally, newcomer Matt Pendleton will serve as 4th District magistrate, the Campbellsville City Council returns all of its incumbents plus a former councilman and the Soil Conservation Board will continue with its incumbents and one new face.

With the campaign season complete, now it's time to get down to work. Let's see how many of the campaign "promises" come to fruition.

All those who showed up at the polls will be watching.