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Emailed and mailed ballots fuel record turnout for local Democrats as they picked their council nominees

Harrisonburg Democrats had their biggest-ever turnout for a primary over weekend, as that party’s voters selected Mayor Deanna Reed and two newcomers — Charles Hendricks and Laura Dent — as their nominees for the three city council seats on the ballot this fall.

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Reed, Hendricks & Dent win Democratic primary for city council

According to results announced Saturday evening by the Harrisonburg Democratic Committee, Mayor Deanna Reed, along with political newcomers Charles Hendricks and Laura Dent, have been chosen as the Democratic nominees for City Council in the November election.

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Democratic council candidates carve out slight differences over approaches toward housing, JMU and the golf course’s fate

The candidates seeking the Democratic nominations for this fall’s city council election signaled a general agreement on big-picture issues, such as supporting education and working to encourage affordable housing, although they each sought to differentiate themselves over how they’d prioritize certain approaches.

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Democratic council candidates bring different experiences, priorities in advance of Wednesday’s virtual town hall forum

The five Democratic candidates running for Harrisonburg’s City Council will have their chance to differentiate themselves and show voters what they know about — and envision for — Harrisonburg’s city government a virtual town hall Wednesday night. At this point it’s the only joint appearance before city Democrats vote by email or mail by May 16 in that party’s social distancing version of a firehouse primary.

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Pandemic’s effects shift the democratic process online and adds challenges for local candidates

With three city council seats and city three city school board seats up for election in Harrisonburg this November, the candidates are having to altering their campaign styles — and even how their process for filing to run — in the wake of COVID-19.

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Hburg Democrats set May 2 firehouse primary to select 3 city council candidates for November

The Harrisonburg Democratic Committee finalized plans to hold a firehouse primary Saturday, May 2, to elect nominees for the Harrisonburg city council.

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Bernie Sanders wins city vote in Democratic primary

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders won the Harrisonburg vote in today’s Democratic primary, according to unofficial results tallied at the city registrar’s office. Sanders, who was leading the delegate count heading into Super Tuesday, earned 2,590 of the 6,474 total votes cast.

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Hburg and Virginia voters are on deck to weigh in on muddled Democratic presidential primary

Harrisonburg voters, along with those in the rest of Virginia, will go to the polls Tuesday to weigh in on the biggest day of the Democratic presidential nomination contest that has 1,357 delegates at stake. And the outcome —both locally and nationally — is very much uncertain heading into Super Tuesday, local political observers and Democratic party leaders say.

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