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While talking with student voters, 26th District candidates differ on environmental, union issues

fered similar philosophies about parents’ involvement in their children’s education but disagreed over a law regarding union dues as well as over government’s role in spurring environmental changes. 

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Delegate candidates find agreement on helping those with disabilities

Area candidates for the House of Delegates agreed that Virginia needs to increase funding to help those with developmental disabilities, including for housing subsidies, Medicaid waivers and general services and care. The challenge, they said at a virtual forum Monday, is finding funding and how best to prioritize it.

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Area farmers ask federal lawmakers for help with worker shortages

Harrisonburg-area farmers told U.S. Rep. Ben Cline, along with the U.S. House Agriculture Committee’s top Republican, that one of the biggest challenges they face is a worker shortage — and one way to address it could be changes to the temporary and migrant worker visa programs. 

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What are the next steps, challenges and opportunities in hiring a new city manager?

After City Manager Eric Campbell’s resignation last week, city council members are preparing to start the process of identifying qualities they want in Campbell’s successor. And while Campbell will finish out the year in that key role, at least one observer of local government said city leaders shouldn’t lose sight of Harrisonburg’s strategic plans during the transition between city managers.

A week into early voting, local political groups seek to drum up interest

Local political parties’ get-out-the vote efforts are in full swing now that Virginia’s early voting period has been open for a week, although this year’s governor’s race didn’t draw the initial influx of votes that the presidential race did last year.  

McAuliffe and Youngkin offer different visions for shift to clean energy in the Valley

Virginia’s candidates for governor agree on at least one thing: transitioning to clean energy needs to happen. But that’s about the extent of the common ground between Democrat Terry McAuliffe and Republican Glenn Youngkin. 

House of Delegates candidates Wilt and Helsley rush to the political middle

Virginia’s 26th House of Delegates race is underway, and Del. Tony Wilt, R-Broadway, and Democratic challenger Bill Helsley are trying to appeal to moderates.

Community Perspective: FUEGO’s Response to The Citizen’s Article on SROs

A contributed perspectives piece by Boris Ozuna, Jonathan McRay, Eric Olson-Getty, Paloma Saucedo, and Teresa Hinkley, members of the FUEGO Coalition The Citizen recently published an article about Harrisonburg’s school resource officer program. As the title states, school resource officers (and police and prisons at large) are under scrutiny right now, so the article seeks to …

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