Category: Harrisonburg Politics

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Kathleen “Doc” Kelley hopes to heal Harrisonburg

When Kathleen Kelley is seeing patients, she prefers – if at all possible – to get at the root cause of a problem instead of relying on medication. This focus on root causes is something Kelley wants to extend to everyone in Harrisonburg as she runs for city council, one of five candidates vying for three seats up for election on Nov. 3.

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Hendricks’ custom approach to the job

When Charles Hendricks meets a client who wants to build a house, it’s usually just a casual rap about their life: No drafting, no visualization, not even a plan for what the house will look like by the end. Rather than wasted time, Hendricks says his clients understand the method to the madness when he comes back with full blueprints of a design.

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Reed looks to continue efforts on housing, a new school and helping businesses affected by COVID

Mayor Deanna Reed, one of five candidates contending for three seats on the Harrisonburg City Council, says she has plenty of unfinished business — in part as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Council candidates discuss ALICE, transportation, and affordable housing

The candidates campaigning for the three city council seats up for election on Nov. 3 participated in a virtual forum Wednesday night – the second such event this month involving all five candidates. Two incumbents, Mayor Deanna Reed (D) and George Hirschmann (I), and three first-time candidates, Democrats Laura Dent and Charles Hendricks, plus Republican Kathleen Kelley, largely agreed on topics ranging from how to help low-income residents in Harrisonburg to transportation priorities.

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.

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.

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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