Category: Harrisonburg Politics
Democrats Sal Romero and Chris Jones have won what ended up being a lopsided victory in the five-candidate race for Harrisonburg City Council. Romero finished first with 6,737 votes, while Jones, the only incumbent in the race, came in second with 6,186 votes, according to unofficial Tuesday night returns sent in to the city registrar’s office.
By the time the polls opened at 6 a.m. on Election Day, Pat Haden had already been on the job for over an hour. As a Chief Officer of Election, Haden’s day had started in the wee hours of the morning as she prepared to be at the JMU’s Convo Center at 5 a.m. There would be a flurry of activity in that hour before the first voter could arrive. 2018 will mark the seventh general election Haden has worked in Harrisonburg.
Candidates frequently use the old cliché: The only poll that matters is on Election Day. Voters will reveal those results of that all-important poll tomorrow. In the meantime, here are the main plots and subplots to pay attention to as vote tallies start rolling in Tuesday evening.
Independent council candidate Carolyn Frank, who served as Harrisonburg’s first female mayor, is running again on a platform highlighting her concerns about rising taxes and costs, which she says could force people and businesses out of the city.
Democrat Chris Jones is seeking re-election with a core platform of prioritizing school development, environmental sustainability, community justice, and helping the 60 percent of people in Harrisonburg considered “Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed,” or ALICE, as outlined in a 2017 report from the United Way.
Frank McMillan says he wants to be an independent voice in city government. While his top campaign donors include Republicans office holders as well as local Republican groups, he said he’s not loyal to any party. For instance, he says he believes in promoting environmental sustainability and disagrees with many positions that the Trump administration has taken on immigration.
Sal Romero, a Democrat in the five-candidate field for city council, is hoping the second time’s the charm as he focuses on education and inclusion in this year’s race—eight years after running unsuccessfully for council.
Paloma Saucedo’s platform is based on her experiences as a mother, immigrant, educator, and healthcare provider.