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A ‘Barn-Raising’ Mentality: Rural Democrats See Cooperation as the Key to Success

It’s late on a Saturday morning, the unofficial last weekend of summer, and the heat and humidity are already on the rise. While November may seem a long way off, political candidates are well aware that there are now less than 10 weeks until Election Day. And so, Brent Finnegan and Kellen Squire are putting “leather to pavement” in a residential neighborhood just off of Reservoir Street in Harrisonburg.

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Guns and politics: Where does the debate in Virginia go next?

The special session the governor called to enact gun control measures in Virginia last week lasted just two hours — but its abrupt end hasn’t stopped the debate over gun violence policies. Instead, the venue has shifted from the state House and Senate floors to the Virginia State Crime Commission and to the campaign trail as legislators and their challengers differ over the potential path forward.

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Familiar opponents Wilt and Finnegan gear up for the fall’s 26th District race in a different political environment

Republican Del. Tony Wilt and his Democratic challenger Brent Finnegan go way back — well beyond the last time they ran against each other in 2017.

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While debate over local criminal justice continues, voters won’t have much say on top law enforcement jobs this fall

Last Tuesday’s primary election day was also deadline day: the last opportunity for candidates to file paperwork to run for local constitutional offices — such as sheriff and commonwealths’ attorney — that will appear on this November’s ballot. Aside from the incumbents, however, no one else did, meaning Commonwealth’s Attorney Marsha Garst and Sheriff Bryan Hutcheson, both Republicans, will be unopposed in their reelection campaigns once again and are all but assured of serving again until 2023.

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With 3 weeks to the primary, Finnegan and Copeland ramp up their (different) approaches to reach Democratic voters

Brent Finnegan and Cathy Copeland, the two Democratic candidates running for the 26th state House seat, might leave little space between each other when it comes to their positions on issues, but the two are taking slightly different approaches to connect with voters before the June 11 primary.

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Let the legislative races begin! Several Valley-area seats feature competitive primaries, other candidates are already looking to November

The ballots are set for the contenders vying for legislative seats representing the Valley. And the action on the campaign trail will increase soon, especially for “firehouse primary” in April that will decide the Republican nominee in the 25thState Delegate District that covers southern Rockingham County.

Wilt, Copeland and Finnegan give JMU students a preview of their 26th District campaigns

In a sneak peek of the 26th District state delegate race, Republican incumbent Tony Wilt and the two Democrats competing for the right to challenge Wilt all road-tested their distinct approaches on Thursday, even if the trio largely avoided debating each other over the issues.

Democrats to nominate 26th House district candidate in state-run June primary

The Democratic committees from Harrisonburg and Rockingham county have decided to hold a state-run primary to nominate the party’s candidate for Virginia’s 26th House district. It’s a change – supported by both candidates – from 2017, when the nominee was selected in a firehouse primary

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