Category: Harrisonburg Politics
Council prepares for city manager candidate interviews, moves toward contract for homeless shelter’s design
The city council is taking a key step later this week toward hiring a city manager with a public meeting scheduled for Thursday during which city council members will interview candidates for the job in a closed session.
Renovated and reopened Salvation Army location provides beds, but city still faces dearth of shelter space
Following a change in leadership after allegations of mismanagement, the Salvation Army reopened its emergency shelter on Jefferson Street in Harrisonburg, which comes as another organization — Open Doors — is still looking for a temporary place to reopen its shelter.
Nick Swayne, city’s school board chair and JMU X-Labs director, to leave Hburg to become college president in Idaho
Nick Swayne, the chair of the Harrisonburg School Board and founding director of JMU X-Labs at James Madison University, will become president of North Idaho College and will leave Harrisonburg in August. The departure will create voids in the technical and entrepreneurial spaces at JMU, as well as on the school board.
City Dems select Jones as special election nominee
In their second party caucus of the year, city Democrats chose Council Member Chris Jones as their nominee for the special election to replace Council Member George Hirschmann.
Jones, Saucedo and city Democrats prepare for July 16 special election caucus
Harrisonburg Democrats are preparing for their second caucus of the summer next weekend to select their nominee to fill out the last two years of a city council seat’s term.
Jones and Saucedo to face each other in Democratic caucus in July
Harrisonburg Democrats will vote in a caucus on July 16 to determine whether council member Chris Jones or local activist Paloma Saucedo will be the party’s nominee for a city council seat.
As local advocates call for gun safety changes, U.S. Senators announce framework of a bill
Happening in conjunction with more than 400 “March For Our Lives” rallies around the United States over the weekend, proponents for gun safety called for tighter gun control laws in the wake of several mass shootings across the country.
Fleming and Robinson win Democratic council nominations, while Jones finishes third by one vote
Harrisonburg Democrats chose Dany Fleming and Monica Robinson as the party’s nominees for a pair of City Council seats in the November election, while the only sitting council member running for re-election, Chris Jones, finished third by a single vote.