Harrisonburg City Council Race

By: Yuna Lee Email
By: Yuna Lee Email

With uncertain times lately, the economy is becoming more and more important on the minds of voters, even at the local level.

While Harrisonburg's economy is more stable than the nation's or the state's, voters still want to know where City Council candidates stand on the issues.

From jobs to energy efficiency, they all have an idea on how to maintain a stable economy in Harrisonburg.

Several of the candidates took part in a forum Tuesday. All eight talk about the economy.

Independent candidate Roger Baker says, "Government created jobs for people so that the economy can get moving. That's the secret to it all, is that we want working men with money to spend."

Democratic candidate Richard Baugh says, "One of the things I hope to bring as a council member in Harrisonburg is, regardless of where I come from, regardless of my friends, that I'm going to be guided on what's best for the entire community, not one particular connected segment of it."

Republican incumbent Charles Chenault says, "Until we see what is happening. City government continue functioning as is, because we are a source of jobs, we're a source of activity in the building community."

Democratic candidate Kai Degner says, "Major advocate for more energy efficiency, which is also in government buildings, but also in people's homes as well. There are things that hopefully we can take advantage of to encourage people and families to make their homes more energy efficient to reduce costs from the beginning."

Independent incumbent Rodney Eagle says, "We've got jobs and we seem to be moving ahead with new businesses coming to Harrisonburg. We also have new technology companies that are looking for us."

Republican candidate Tracy Evans says, "We need to make sure we have the type of growth that attracts new residents to the area, type of residents that will contribute to our society, that will increase taxes for us"

Republican candidate J.M. Snell says, "Stability in the local market is going to be a challenge, so the leadership from the national and state level are going to have to set the example and set us some example on how to maintain our economy"

Democratic candidate Dave Wiens says, "When we vote, we need to continually take into consideration how much our votes for development for business are going to cost the City in the long run."

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