The polls have closed, most of the votes are counted and another election is over. Just as when a thunderstorm is over, the temptation now is to breathe a sigh of relief that all of the shouting is over, at least for a little while.
By all means, do that, but first say a word of thanks to those people who weren't elected, especially the first-time challengers.
Consider that the incumbents know what it is to run a campaign - and what it will cost in time, money and the loss of personal privacy. Challengers have to hope they get some help from people who have been there before, or who don't mind working twice as hard to make up for the experience the campaign doesn't have.
That they do it anyway is to the great benefit of all citizens. Without an opponent, an incumbent doesn't have to defend his or her record. Without an opponent, incumbents can be vague about what they plan to do in their next term.