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Category: Harrisonburg Politics

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After years of showing up, Laura Dent seeks a first term on council

Before moving to Harrisonburg in 2006, Laura Dent had known the Friendly City for most of her life as the halfway point between her hometown of Montgomery, Ala., and her alma mater, Harvard University. And when a job as a technical writer for Rosetta Stone brought her to town, it felt like the culmination of two lifelong passions – her decades-long career as a technical writer and a fascination with international language and culture after multiple trips abroad.

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With 18 more days until the election, about one-fifth of Hburg voters already have cast ballots

More than 5,400 Harrisonburg residents have already cast their ballots since early voting began last month, according to figures the city registrar’s office provided to The Citizen. That includes 3,507 voters who cast their ballots early in-person at City Hall, as of Thursday. Another 1,167 absentee ballots — out of the 4,102 that were mailed out — have already been returned by mail and 861 people have delivered their ballots in person.

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Hirschmann seeks a second term as an independent — and often dissenting — voice on council

George Hirschmann, the city council member running for re-election as an independent, cast one of the two dissenting votes when the council narrowly approved the high school’s construction in December. And while he said he’d rather see the city build an annex than a separate new high school, it’s not that he’s against investing tax dollars in the community.

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Council candidate sets personal Facebook profile to private amid criticism of posts

After facing criticism for her Facebook posts promoting QAnon and far-right political memes, council candidate Kathleen Kelley has set her once-public profile to private. Kelley said she did so after the backlash reached those close to her.

Rep. Cline and challenger Betts talk pandemic, climate change and more in first VA-6 Congressional debate

Economic recovery from the pandemic was a major theme of Monday afternoon’s debate between Rep. Ben Cline (R) and Democratic challenger Nicholas Betts, running to represent Virginia’s 6th District in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Have questions about absentee ballots? Not sure who’s running locally in the November election? Here’s what you need to know.

Mail-in and in-person absentee balloting will begin later this month, and more voters are expected to choose that option than in past elections in an effort to avoid crowded polling precincts during this era of social distancing. So here’s The Citizen’s guide to what Harrisonburg voters need to know about casting their ballots in 2020.

As city voting patterns change, two council candidates face an increasingly difficult task: win as non-Democrats

If a decade-long trend holds true, two candidates in this year’s five-way race for three seats on the Harrisonburg City Council will face longer odds than the three Democratic nominees chosen earlier this year.

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