The election is over, the votes have been tallied and like it or not, the Electoral College has certified Joe Biden as our new president-elect. Whether or not he was the candidate you supported, it is time to move forward with the business of democracy and accept the final results of the Electoral College.

Come Jan. 20, 2021, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will be sworn in as our newly elected leaders, and they deserve a chance.

In every election each of us wants our preferred candidate to win. But whether they win or lose, our great country moves forward with a peaceful transition of power. That is how America conducts itself and democracy works. In the wake of a hard-fought election season we must not lose sight of the fact that despite our differences, there is so much more that unites us than divides us.

Venomous partisanship has been the order of the day for far too long, and we all have a responsibility to bring the temperature down and pursue civility and mutual respect for all.

Some may find my position shocking, but it shouldn’t be; after all, every single one of us should want our president to succeed, whether we voted for him or not. A successful presidency is good for the country, good for democracy and good for us as Americans.

The fact is that Joe Biden is a qualified candidate for the job. Biden has decades of government experience, having first been elected to the U.S. Senate in November 1972. He was sworn into office at age 30, becoming the sixth youngest senator in U.S. history, and one of only 18 who took office before turning 31. Biden was reelected six times before he was elected vice president in November 2008. He served as second-in-command for eight years.

In other words, he knows the job, has deep experience within the White House, and is preceded by a reputation rooted in statesmanship, kindness and decency. Perhaps most importantly, he has demonstrated a willingness and ability to reach across the aisle, and has a long history of collaboration with Democrats and Republicans alike.

Our country today is in the throes of crisis as COVID-19 continues to sweep across the nation. The virus has infected millions and more than 250,000 Americans have died. Millions have lost their jobs, and the jobless are now behind in their rent and utility payments. The possibility of mass evictions looms. Sadly, food distribution lines have become a common sight.

We need strong and steady leadership and I sincerely hope that Joe Biden will be able to deliver it. Lost in the fray and the friction is the historic nature of Biden-Harris ticket.

We should not lose sight of the fact that Senator Kamala Harris, by stepping into the role of vice president, is shattering a glass ceiling for women. Her ascendance to this post is a historic event worth celebrating, no matter what your party affiliation. Not only will America have its first female vice president, but it will also be a woman of color.

By her election alone, Senator Harris is showing women and girls in this country that if you are willing to work hard and dream big, then there is still the chance to succeed in America. We are a nation composed of people from wide-ranging backgrounds and our new administration reflects this diversity.

For all the people who are rooting against Biden, I urge you to rethink your position. Set aside your frustration and hostility and consider that when you root against a duly-elected president, you are rooting against the democratic process. Sadly, during the early days of his presidency many people spoke openly of their hopes that President Trump would fail, but he succeeded nonetheless.

These are challenging times and we need to lift one another up instead of knocking each other down. And despite the ravages of COVID-19, the millions of people out of work and the looming threat of more economic hardship, I believe that we can get through everything if we stand together and put our differences aside.

A new year awaits and I for one hope that it will be a far cry better than the one we have endured. I’m rooting for America and believe that we shall ultimately prevail.