Let's clean it up.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012 - 20:59

Now that the dust has settled on the 2012 statewide primaries, the winners can turn their attention from beating up on rivals from within their own parties to battling those from without. If the previous election season is any indication, it could be a bumpy ride.

Although most races were conducted with civility and respect, that wasn’t always the case on certain Republican and Democrat tickets.

While those candidates who have moved forward deserve plenty of congratulations on a job well done, we wish there had been less hostility between rivals and neighbors — be they from East Anchorage or the Eagle River Valley — who supposedly shared rather similar ideologies.

Of course, no political race can be contested without some degree of contention. After all, candidates have to do their best to show why they’re the best man or woman for the job.

But one can’t help but wonder what kind of lasting divisions are caused when politicians choose to attack each other rather than simply playing their cards and letting the chips fall where they may.

If candidates who share similar beliefs can’t seem to get through an election cycle without drawing each other’s metaphorical blood, what can we expect when the Democrats and Republicans start fighting against one another in the general election?

Sure, it’s easy to sit on the sidelines and criticize those who dare take the political field. But at the same time, our politicians need to remember that they’re vying to represent us — the people who live in this community — when they arrive in Juneau. And we like to think of Chugiak-Eagle River as the kind of place where neighbors can disagree with one another without resorting to nastiness and bitter attacks.

Congratulations to the winners in the Aug. 28 primaries. You all worked hard for your victories, and we salute your efforts and an obvious desire to serve the community we all love.

But please — in the months leading up to November, let’s try to keep things clean.

There will be plenty of mud to play in down in Juneau.

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