Category: Harrisonburg Politics

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Facing a DWI charge, city council member Chris Jones seeks ‘to move forward’

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. 

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Really early 2023 Election preview: To remain in Richmond, area lawmakers will be meeting new voters

Newly drawn districts mean that incumbent lawmakers who represent Harrisonburg in Richmond will have to get to know voters in new precincts during the months leading up to the Nov. 7 election. 

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After weekend death, HHS students stage walk-out to remember Calour Fields and call for end to gun violence

Following the death of 17-year-old Calour Fields over the weekend, students from Harrisonburg High School staged a walkout Monday afternoon to honor Fields’ memory and to call attention to the ever-growing crisis of gun violence in America.

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City council approves Bluestone Town Center in 3-2 vote

The proposed development split the council much like how it inspired opposing reactions from residents. Here’s how the council members voted and why.

Deanna Reed remains mayor and Laura Dent becomes vice mayor — making more history for a historic council

With its two new members officially sworn in, the Harrisonburg City Council on Tuesday morning appointed Deanna Reed to stay as mayor and Laura Dent to become vice mayor, marking the first time women will hold the top two positions.

Vice Mayor Sal Romero ends term on city council and looks to the future

After four years on the city council, Vice Mayor Sal Romero stood up from behind the dais upon the adjournment of Tuesday’s meeting for the last time as a council member — at least for now.

Residents and teachers vent to school board about controversial issues and educators being stretched too thin

More than two hours of public comments dominated Tuesday’s Harrisonburg school board meeting as about 20 speakers voiced opinions on several different issues. The jumbling of topics — where one person would talk about working conditions at elementary schools while the next speaker addressed higher suicide rates among LGBTQ+ students followed by another person playing a gospel song to punctuate her point — gave the meeting, at times, the feel of a local political fever dream.

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U.S. Rep. Cline fields questions about shootings, education and national politics

Education, rising interest rates, implications of a looming rail strike and gun control were some of the concerns community members took up with Republican U.S. Rep. Ben Cline at an area town hall meeting Tuesday.

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