Author: Laura Boaggio
Sen. Mark Obenshain and Del. Tony Wilt, both Republican incumbents, won return trips to the state legislature on Tuesday night in newly redrawn districts. Obenshain — running in the new 2nd Senate District that includes Harrisonburg, and precincts in Rockingham, Augusta, Page, Highland and Bath counties — defeated Democrat Kathy Beery and Joshua Huffman, a libertarian candidate.
If elections are job interviews for public officials, only a handful of those job candidates showed up to answer questions from their future bosses — the public — on Monday night.
Julie Hart, who lives in Rockingham County, was visiting Smiley’s Ice Cream in Bridgewater with her family in early October after hiking a trail in Shenandoah National Park when her daughter noticed a bright red speck on the ground. “Isn’t that one of the bad bugs from that poster we saw on our hike?” her daughter asked.