City Race for State Senate

By: Erin Tate
By: Erin Tate

Months of campaigning for the Republican nomination in Harrisonburg has left two state Senate candidates gleaming. The victor, Mark Obenshain, was happy to see his city's support.

"We're ecstatic and very pleased to see that many friends and neighbors come out to participate in the process," says Obenshain.

The underdog, Matt Tederick, was ecstatic to summon so many grassroots votes from the city because he said he hadn't had much to campaign there.

"It far exceeded my expectations. I'm incredibly pleased with the outcome this evening," says Tederick.

Some 397 votes were cast in favor of Obenshain, the former chairman of the Republican parties in both Harrisonburg and Rockingham County.

Matt Tederick, Gulf War vet and current Republican party chair for Warren County, walked away with 131 votes.

John Q. Adams, a Tederick supporter, said, "I think it's important at this time in our national history we should have a person with military experience. Matt's an Airborne Ranger. I know him personally and think he could make a real contribution."

Hundreds of registered voters attended the election. Laura Conlkin said the snow couldn't keep her from showing her support for Obenshain.

"Mark has a very strong sense of values. He's very much a family person, right to life and he has a great deal of experience and knowledge and enthusiasm to do this job," says Conklin.

The race between Tederick and Obenshain will continue until the district Republican party convention in May. The next local election takes place in Page County on Saturday, February 22nd.


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