This year Village of Lansing voters had something they don't often have: choice. Each office that was up for election had two candidates from two parties that had different points of view. Most years members of the Community Party, a non-partisan party (there is some irony in that phrase!) of interested and engaged villagers who care deeply about the welfare of their municipality. But this year there weren't just opposing candidates, but there was an opposing party. This was good for villagers even if the outcome was the same.
I am not arguing that the Community Party members who have continued to be elected are doing a bad job. I think they are doing a good job. But in our country that should never mean they should go unchallenged. Because there are many peripheral benefits to a contested election besides just who wins.