Now's your chance to connect with county election winners

A brief visit or short note before they take office could make a lasting impression.

The Nov. 6 General Election is behind you. Now before you is the opportunity to establish or renew connections with your county officials who won their respective races.

Before you know, it they’ll be taking office and beginning the work of governing. You’ll want to have their ear in the future; that makes it important that you make the effort to communicate with them now.

Newly-elected county board members take office on the first Monday of the month following the month of election. This year, that falls on Dec. 3.

Newly-elected countywide office holders enter their duties on the first day of the month of December following their election on which the official’s office is required, by statute or by action of the county board, to be open. For most, that is likely also Monday, Dec. 3.

Find an opportunity to contact these officials. It might be a short visit to the office of an incumbent who has been re-elected, or a brief note of congratulations. It could be a “hello” and a few congenial words as you meet on the street or an appointment to introduce yourself to a newly-elected official. However you do it, it will let them know who you are and that you’re paying attention.

Don’t let this opportune time get past you. Soon you – and they – will be caught up in the busy holiday season. It doesn’t take much to get started on the right foot – or the wrong one.

This article appeared in the latest edition of LINK, Local Information, News & Know-How. You can view the newsletter here.