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City ballot measure at the polls today

A voter leaves the Kingshighway Branch library polling place in St. Louis on Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015, after voting in a ballot measure to decide whether to increase property taxes to pay for $180 million in infrastructure improvements. Photo by Christian Gooden,

On Tuesday, Missouri will host a primary election. The winners of those elections will go on to the November general election and the winners of those elections will go on to serve in Congress, statehouses, county councils and city halls around the country.

The ones who lose don’t. Maybe they’ll run again. And in some cases, again and again.

To the ones who lose and were not running solely for power, I want you to know that you are still needed. You are running because you genuinely care about the people in your community, and we need people like you working to make our worlds a better place.

You don’t need to be in office to do good or to create change — you can motivate those around you to believe in a new cause. You know how to do that. You showed everyone that you can build a campaign to get your message out. You raised money, you gathered supporters and you got people to vote for you. Imagine what you can do with that spirit on any number of issues you care about.

I encourage you to pick yourself up, after taking a month off and getting some rest, find out what you want to do to make the community around you a better place and get to work.

We need more people like you who can inspire those around you how to work together and accomplish common goals. We’ll always have power-hungry politicians who will never accomplish anything. They’ll need someone like you to inspire them to do the right thing.

Martin Casas  •  St. Louis