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Election night wasn’t exactly a cliffhanger for those following the Republican contest for governor.

Gov. Matt Mead rolled to an easy win, garnering 53,673 votes compared to 31,534 for Dr. Taylor Haynes and 12,463 for Cindy Hill, the state superintendent of public instruction. The results were widely anticipated and at the moment the first returns were in, it was obvious Mead would claim a comfortable victory in his bid for a second term.

Thumbs down to the mayhem and hatred so visible on the streets of Ferguson, Mo.

Racial tensions in the small town have been apparent for years, and the match that touched off that powder keg was the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old black man, on Aug. 9.

Too busy to vote today? Don’t like stopping by the polling place? Think your vote doesn’t matter?

Think again.

Races for the Park County sheriff, Wyoming Legislature, Park County Commission and governor have received a lot of attention in recent months leading up to the primary election. In fact, many of those positions likely will be decided today (Tuesday).

But there are other important local races that won’t be decided until November.

Thumbs up to the quiet heroism of Bill White.

White, a Powell-area resident for 65 years, died Friday at the age of 99. He was a farmer, a familiar face in our community and a proud patriot.

There are three candidates for governor on the Republican primary ballot in the Aug. 19 election, but it’s not a difficult choice.

Gov. Matt Mead deserves to be nominated for a second term by the Wyoming GOP. His first three-plus years in office have been largely successful, and Mead has earned a second chance at the job.

Thumbs up to the Powell City Council for deciding to change its meeting time from 7 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The council approved the change Monday night. Barring unforeseen developments, the new start time will commence on Monday, Sept. 15.