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House District 26 Candidates discuss key election issues: Part II

The Citizen has interviewed both candidates contesting this seat – Republican incumbent Tony Wilt and his challenger Democrat Brent Finnegan – about some of the key issues in the race. We are publishing their responses to our questions in three parts. This is the second; the final will run tomorrow.

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House District 26 Candidates discuss key election issues: Part I

The Citizen has interviewed both candidates contesting this seat – Republican incumbent Tony Wilt and his challenger Democrat Brent Finnegan – about some of the key issues in the race. We will publish their responses to our questions in three parts running today, Oct. 28 and Oct. 29.

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At Shenandoah County Forum, Candidates Face Off Across the Table

A crowd gathered Wednesday evening in Edinburg for a rare event: the chance to see their choices for the General Assembly who will be on the ballot in November come together for a public forum.

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JMU students press legislative candidates on guns, energy and money

Speaking to JMU students Monday evening, Republican Del. Tony Wilt and Democratic challenger Brent Finnegan repeatedly — but politely — drew bright lines between their positions on promoting renewable energy, helping raise wages and accepting campaign donations from corporations.

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Big Money: Fundraising in local General Assembly races reaches six figures

The most recent campaign finance reports filed with the Virginia Department of Elections show that local candidates have raised nearly $1.5 million in their quests for a seat in the General Assembly in this November’s election. This year, all four House of Delegates districts and both state Senate districts that cover Rockingham County and Harrisonburg are contested, and the races are generating record sums of cash.

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A ‘Barn-Raising’ Mentality: Rural Democrats See Cooperation as the Key to Success

It’s late on a Saturday morning, the unofficial last weekend of summer, and the heat and humidity are already on the rise. While November may seem a long way off, political candidates are well aware that there are now less than 10 weeks until Election Day. And so, Brent Finnegan and Kellen Squire are putting “leather to pavement” in a residential neighborhood just off of Reservoir Street in Harrisonburg.

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New campaign bypasses minimum wage debate by praising companies that pay workers more

Instead of lobbying for policy changes in Richmond and Washington, a new group is pushing for raising workers’ pay by gathering voluntary commitments from — and cheering on — local employers that pay their staff a “living wage.”

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Guns and politics: Where does the debate in Virginia go next?

The special session the governor called to enact gun control measures in Virginia last week lasted just two hours — but its abrupt end hasn’t stopped the debate over gun violence policies. Instead, the venue has shifted from the state House and Senate floors to the Virginia State Crime Commission and to the campaign trail as legislators and their challengers differ over the potential path forward.

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