Category: Harrisonburg Politics
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.
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.
Voter turnout in this month’s general election was lower than the last midterm in 2018, but to Mark Finks, Harrisonburg’s registrar, turnout matched expectations. Finks said there was an uptick in young voters locally, but their turnout rates still appear lower than what was seen nationally.
City braces for higher construction costs, including public works building and potentially the new homeless shelter
Concerns about ballooning construction costs for the city’s homeless services center and low barrier shelter prompted the city council to hold off on finalizing a plan Tuesday for spending its $23.8 million in federal American Recovery Plan Act funds.
With all precincts reporting results to the city registrar’s office, Emma Phillips, Kristen Loflin and Andy Kohen have been elected to the Harrisonburg City School Board.
Monica Robinson, Dany Fleming elected to city council; Chris Jones wins uncontested special election for third seat
According to preliminary results announced by the city registrar, Democrats Monica Robinson and Dany Fleming were elected to fill two open seats on the Harrisonburg City Council on Tuesday night.
As it has in school board races across the country, the notion of parental rights served as a key distinction among the five Harrisonburg school board candidates, who faced one another Wednesday in the campaign’s only forum.
Overly rosy or ‘doom and gloom?’ Council candidates offer different views of Hburg, but find some agreement
Even as city council candidates painted different pictures of Harrisonburg, the five contenders on the Nov. 8 ballot found some common ground Wednesday when it came to the role of police, and specifically in supporting diversity among the ranks.