Category: Harrisonburg Politics
Next week, State Senator Mark Obenshain and Delegate Tony Wilt, both Republicans, will head to Richmond next week for the 2021 session of the Virginia General Assembly. On Thursday, The Citizen spoke with both of Harrisonburg’s state legislators about the bills they’ve already introduced, their expectations for the session, and the political chaos unfolding in Washington, D.C. and more.
In the wake of a pro-Trump mob violently storming the U.S. Capitol, Harrisonburg’s congressman, U.S. Rep. Ben Cline, R-Botetourt, condemned Wednesday’s chaos in a tweet and called for those responsible to be “prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.” Hours later, Cline voted with more than 100 House Republicans in failed bids to reject Arizona and Pennsylvania’s Electoral College ballots cast for Joe Biden.
After the Harrisonburg City Council re-elected them to their positions for another two years on Monday, Mayor Deanna Reed and Vice-mayor Sal Romero outlined in interviews with The Citizen their shared priorities for the coming months, including recovering economically from the pandemic, encouraging affordable housing and building the second high school.
Former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a Democrat running for that job again in 2021, is naming a key piece of his education plan after one of Harrisonburg’s most prominent historic figures: educator Lucy Simms.
With all votes counted, local results confirm Election Night finishes — and an upward trend for Hburg Democrats
After the city’s last absentee ballots were counted by Saturday, there was no substantive change from the picture that had emerged late on Election Day — in either this year’s races or with longer-term trends.
With ballots still being counted in several swing states and the race between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden still too close to call, a small group took to the streets on Thursday to demand that all votes be counted – including in Harrisonburg.
Harrisonburg City Council member George Hirschmann has yet to find out for sure if he’ll serve a second term. But, in characteristic style, Hirschmann is unfazed by the uncertainty. In fact, even if he wins, he has an exit strategy to retire from politics after the next four-year term.
Mayor Deanna Reed and Laura Dent, both Democrats, and Independent incumbent George Hirschmann are leading the race for three seats on the Harrisonburg City Council, according to unofficial results released Tuesday night by the city registrar’s office. The results do not include absentee ballots returned on Tuesday to drop boxes located at each voting precinct. While that total is not known, election officials said several hundred absentee ballots were still outstanding as of Tuesday.