Category: Harrisonburg Politics

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A week into early voting, local political groups seek to drum up interest

Local political parties’ get-out-the vote efforts are in full swing now that Virginia’s early voting period has been open for a week, although this year’s governor’s race didn’t draw the initial influx of votes that the presidential race did last year.  

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McAuliffe and Youngkin offer different visions for shift to clean energy in the Valley

Virginia’s candidates for governor agree on at least one thing: transitioning to clean energy needs to happen. But that’s about the extent of the common ground between Democrat Terry McAuliffe and Republican Glenn Youngkin. 

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House of Delegates candidates Wilt and Helsley rush to the political middle

Virginia’s 26th House of Delegates race is underway, and Del. Tony Wilt, R-Broadway, and Democratic challenger Bill Helsley are trying to appeal to moderates.

Community Perspective: FUEGO’s Response to The Citizen’s Article on SROs

A contributed perspectives piece by Boris Ozuna, Jonathan McRay, Eric Olson-Getty, Paloma Saucedo, and Teresa Hinkley, members of the FUEGO Coalition The Citizen recently published an article about Harrisonburg’s school resource officer program. As the title states, school resource officers (and police and prisons at large) are under scrutiny right now, so the article seeks to …

Area’s state legislators paint a mostly gloomy picture of 2021 session

From the abrupt legalization of marijuana to a plethora of bills they deem bad for business and public safety, the area’s five Republican legislators had little to celebrate as they recapped this year’s General Assembly session Thursday.

Local Democratic leaders hope Biden’s message of unity can lead to healing

While the pandemic and security concerns limited access to the 59th Presidential Inauguration, local Democratic Party leaders said watching it remotely — like much of the rest of the country — didn’t diminish the event.

Area delegates say strong economy key to helping vulnerable residents

At a virtual town hall held just prior to the start of the 2021 General Assembly session, two area delegates told local nonprofit service providers that a strong economy holds the key to resolving economic challenges facing many in the community – including improved employment opportunities, a dearth of affordable housing, child care availability, food insecurity and more.

Sen. Obenshain, Del. Wilt discuss legislative agendas – and the wild news cycle

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.

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