Category: Harrisonburg Politics
Accusation of ‘bullying remarks’ at center of exchange between city council and city schools leaders
A letter between elected officials in Harrisonburg has laid bare the nuanced difficulties of city power dynamics, as well as an issue of parental privacy rights and ethical questions regarding the conduct of elected officials.
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.
Two candidates vying for the newly re-districted Virginia 2nd Senate seat have joined together to send newspaper subscribers a “paper debate” in response to their other opponent, Sen. Mark Obenshain, not attending forums and debates in the weeks leading up to the Nov. 7 election.
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.
School Board Chair Deb Fitzgerald has told The Citizen that she will not seek another term on the school board in 2024, ending over a decade of service to the Harrisonburg community. And Tom Domonoske, who was appointed to fill the school board seat vacated by Nick Swayne and is currently running unopposed to finish the remainder of that term, also told The Citizen that he will not seek reelection once his term is over in 2024.
Harrisonburg City Councilman Chris Jones, who was arrested last May on the charge of driving while intoxicated, pleaded guilty Tuesday morning to a lesser charge of improper driving and agreed to pay a $250 fine.
Nick Swayne left Harrisonburg last summer to run a college. Instead, he walked into political and legal sagas that have engulfed a community.
Nick Swayne, the former Harrisonburg School Board chair and former director of JMU X-Labs, has been embroiled in a months-long fight to save a community college in Idaho from losing accreditation after a right-wing takeover of the college’s board of trustees.
After finding him asleep at the wheel of his car late May 2, police arrested Harrisonburg City Council member Chris Jones and charged him with driving while intoxicated, according to court documents.