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A heartening piece of election news on Tuesday night that got buried by the close races in Ohio and Kansas is the election of Wesley Bell, a second-term councilman on the Ferguson, Missouri city council, as the St. Louis county prosecutor. 

Bell had been given little to no chance to beat longtime prosecutor Robert McCulloch, who had been criticized in 2014 for the way his office handled the grand jury inquiry into the killing of Michael Brown. But voters showed they wanted the reforms Bell promised, and he ended up winning easily — 57 to 43 percent.

What is so encouraging about this is that it's the way our country is supposed to work. People were very upset about the killing of Brown and the failure to prosecute the officer who shot him. The anger led to marches and demonstrations and to violence in the street. But now, that anger has been channeled into political renewal and reform.

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Will Doolittle is projects editor at The Post-Star. He may be reached at will@poststar.com and followed on his blog, I think not, and on Twitter at

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