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Wandering through the Harvest Fair today, I had a chance to visit with a number of the City Council and School Committee candidates (some shown here), and I was reminded again that we owe them all a debt of gratitude. It’s not an easy time to put yourself forward to the voters and to take on the slings and arrows of comments–both public and private–about your views, your personality, and other aspects of your life (both relevant and irrelevant). And then the winners will be expected to devote thousands of hours of time that could otherwise be spent with family and friends doing our business. So, with two weeks to go before the election, I just wanted to say “Thank you!” to those who took the plunge. I, for one, am truly grateful.