Mayor Frank Talks

By: Susan Bahorich
By: Susan Bahorich

She is Harrisonburg's first woman mayor. But, on July 1, the city has a chance to choose a different person for the top spot. Carolyn Frank sat down and talked about her time as mayor.

"It was an incredible learning experience," those were Frank's first words.
Frank has been in Harrisonburg’s top spot for the last two-years, but it wasn't always easy.

She said there was definitely the good, the bad, the ugly. But like I said, I can always find more good in a situation, the good being the incredibly fine people here in Harrisonburg.
Some of the bad taking place right after she took office.

She was pushed to leave office after telling council member Larry Rogers they have a lot in common.

"I'm poor white trash and you're poor black trash." She said it was a rocky way to start off, at same time I think we have grown as a council. People have learned to appreciate one another, certainly appears the hatchet is being buried.

While the council has moved forward and made a number of important decisions- Frank still has a tough choice to make - whether or not to go for another term as mayor.

Her desire is to see Hugh or Larry step up to the plate and take office. I clearly feel the citizens are behind them and they have the support of the citizens of Harrisonburg.

But, Frank says she would accept another term. The Harrisonburg City Council will hold a meeting July 1 at 10 a.m. to choose the next mayor.

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