Dems Sweep Council

Brent Finnegan -- November 4th, 2008

With the thousandth post on hburgnews, I’m predicting this one for Degner, Baugh and Wiens (pending the absentee votes).

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And Richard Baugh. Unfortunately, the phone battery died right then and there.

45 Responses to “Dems Sweep Council”

  1. Emmy says:

    I voted for two of those three so I’m pretty stoked! Congrats to them!

  2. Too early for a Wiens call. Chenault will take it, is my bet.

  3. Emmy says:

    Oh I didn’t see Shafer there at the bottom. So far my scorecard is looking good!

  4. zen says:

    Congratulations Kai!

    And also to Brent and hburg news for the 1,000th post!

  5. Emmy says:

    Woo Hoo on the 1000th post!

  6. Breslau says:

    I disagree with these projections. We only have half in and the council races are really, really close. Wiens isn’t even in top three. The Shafer prediction is probably right, though.

  7. finnegan says:

    Question mark added for uncertainty and suspense.

  8. Breslau says:

    Oh, shoot, I’m so sorry, Brent. I actually thought that was an exclamation mark. I keep doing this kind of stuff to you. Sorry.

  9. finnegan says:

    No, I mean I just added it. I saw some trends and jumped the gun.

  10. Breslau says:

    Well, this site would be nothing without you, and you’re a better journalist than almost all of them out there, so….

  11. I wonder when absentee ballots will be added. They could definitely make the difference in some of the local races.

  12. Breslau says:

    With council, all three Dems are now in the lead.

  13. Breslau says:

    Shafer still in steady lead, pulls ahead.




  14. Breslau says:

    Whoops, wrong place.

  15. Dave Briggman says:

    The “Republicans” that currently infest Virginia’s government at all levels (read: Obenshain, Lohr, McDonnell, et al.) share a huge part of the blame for the massive blowout the “party of limited government and personal responsibility” is on the wrong side of tonight…

    Utterly amazing…at all levels of the election tonight.

  16. Renee says:

    Yay for 1000 posts (thanks Brent!) and yay for our buddy Kai!

  17. The Common Man says:

    Briggman, go back to your cave. America has spoken and they want you thugs to go back to the fringe where you belong. The quote you cited is right on…..go wallow in the mud pit.

  18. Breslau says:

    CM, calm down and don’t get personal and vitriolic, man. Come on now.

  19. Renee says:

    Does anyone have a link to a precinct map for Harrisonburg City?

  20. Renee says:

    Thanks, Brian!

  21. Renee says:


  22. Breslau says:

    Yes, the Democrats have officially swept the city council election with 6 of 6 precincts in.

    Jeff Shafer has kept his job with 40%.

  23. You got it right the first time, Brent. Sorry to see Charlie lose his seat, though.

  24. Breslau says:

    Yeah, Charlie was a better choice. I’m relieved Eagle’s gone, though.

  25. Del says:

    Does this mean Kai is mayor?!

  26. The Common Man says:

    [comment deleted]

  27. Breslau says:

    Oh, God. Stop.

  28. Renee says:

    Del – (someone correct me if I’m wrong) – I believe the mayor is elected by the City Council members.

  29. Del says:

    As of 2006, whoever finished first in the most recent city council race became mayor.

    Perhaps that’s been changed, I don’t remember.

  30. Del says:

    It’s late, but I am very sure that at one point whoever received the most votes in the council race became mayor. Maybe that was just a tradition followed by the council. I’m sure someone can straighten me out.

  31. John Marr says:

    Congrats to the winners. I have to admit that I am extremely dissapointed that Charlie didn’t retain a seat. It’s a huge loss to the community and I hope he runs again.

  32. charlie chenault says:

    Hey folks – rough morning, but congratulations to all of the new council members. Council elects its own mayor though not necessarily the highest vote getter. Certainly, the highest vote getter deserves and gets added consideration. In my two experiences with electing the mayor, it was always a fairly collegial decision. Not everybody wants the job. Whomever gets the job needs much free time and scheduling flexibility because of the ceremonial demands.
    Thanks all – Charlie

  33. Del says:

    Thanks for you service, Charlie. Sorry things didn’t bounce your way. Thanks for coming on here and communicating on issues in this forum.

  34. Emmy says:

    Thanks for all you’ve done for the city Mr. Chenault.

  35. Jeremy Aldrich says:

    Charlie, thank you for your service to the city. You always impressed us by asking good questions, avoiding foregone conclusions, and listening to everyone who had something to say.

    I hope this is not the end of your political career, because I would like to vote for you again in the future.

  36. Karl says:

    I’m sorry about Charlie too. He’s a good guy with the best interest of the city at heart. With that said, Harrisonburg voters were fortunate to have their choice of so many qualified and “good” candidates. Ultimately the voters were the winners in an election like this.

  37. finnegan says:

    Charlie, I’m deeply grateful for your service to the city. I’ve been impressed with the way you always take time to respond to citizens’ concerns (the trees on Court Square, to name one example). Incoming council members would do well to follow your example of responsiveness.

  38. Peppa says:

    There were a bunch of people that were not happy with the sale of the high school to JMU. I think that was Mr. Chenaults demise. Locals have long memories and hard feelings about that sale. The council, Mr. Chneault included, did not care what the public said, the decision was made prior to the pubic hearing.
    It is sad to drive past that site now. Memorial Stadum is gone and a parking lot now exists where the tennis courts once stood. JMU wanted. JMU got. Just like the hospital. The new one is smaller (less beds) and in an awful place, but JMU wanted and got the existing site.
    I think the people have spoken and put 3 new people in who appear to care about our city and the desires of the people.

  39. charlie chenault says:

    Thanks all – I stand ready to assist the new council in any way possible – Charlie

  40. Lisa says:

    Well, at least you no longer have to sit around and listen to people like this anymore, CC. :)

  41. Myers says:

    @Peppa: Check out the parking lot that replaced the tennis courts. It sucks that it’s a parking lot, but I approve of the landscaping that just got put up there.

  42. Peppa says:

    Myers, I went by today. Sorry to say I was not impressed. All I saw were a few trees along the road. Unless I missed something it’s pretty weak. As a burger those courts were part of growing. I would still see people using them. I find it sad. Then when you look towards the missing ball fields, even more sad.

  43. ammc says:

    A little late, but in this case want to add my two cents. I think Charlie is a real class act. He listens and responds in an attentive, respectful, thoughtful manner- in this forum as well as in others. I’m with Jeremy, I’d love to have the opportunity to vote for him again in the future too.

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