Romero Announces Run For Council

Brent Finnegan -- March 20th, 2010

Friday, at the Summit for Youth and Families in Crisis, local schoolteacher Sal Romero announced he is seeking the Democratic Party nomination to run for Harrisonburg City Council.

[Romero is] the center director for Second Home, a highly regarded after-school program that serves students from Spotswood and Thomas Harrison Schools. Sal brings his first-hand knowledge and experience in supporting parents and families to the council race (read the full release [PDF]).

So far, Romero is the third Harrisonburg resident to officially announce a bid for candidacy. In December, Joe Fitzgerald announced his intention to secure the Dem nomination, and Greg Coffman announced he wants to be one of the two Republican candidates.

There are two open seats in November, so each party may nominate two candidates.

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10 Responses to “Romero Announces Run For Council”

  1. Emmy says:

    He would be a great choice!!

  2. Given the event unfolding tonight in DC, a Democrat in the Valley would consider himself or herself lucky to get elected to a seat on a toilet for the foreseeable future, I’d imagine.

  3. For years conservative Valley voters have supported a revolving roster of dull-tool Republican politicians. To hear local cons describe it, they are keeping America safe from Washington Democrats. While Virginia Republicans can’t meet their obligation to pay for our schools, roads, and public services, Washington has picked up the slack through Stimulus funding. And now D.C. Democrats have delivered health care reform, something Republican Teddy Roosevelt promised To America 100 years ago.

    Valley Republican politicians have a reputation – reliable waterboys. At some point we’ll need more than ideology, we’ll need results.

  4. Dave,

    This health bill does not change the health care system of the US in any fundamental way. There are six such systems in the world: 1) pure laissez-faire, not in place in any high income country in at least a half a century, 2) the US mixed system without universal coverage, with the only unregulated for-profit health insurers in the world, 3) a system of universal coverage by non-profit health insurers (Netherlands, Switzerland), 4) a system of universal coverage with non-profit health insurers combined with a backup public option (France, Germany), 5) a single-payer public insurance system, but with privately employed health workers (Canada), and 6) actual socialized medicine, with the government employing all the health workers (UK, former USSR). This bill merely reforms and extends the current US system. All the hullabaloo by the tea partiers and so on has been uninformed hysteria.

    Also keep in mind that the US system currently costs about 40% more per person than any other sytem in the world (Norway is second), while putting us in 50th place on life expectancy and near the same on infant mortality. The cartoon in today’s DNR about us having “the world’s best health care system” is not even a joke.

    Oh, and I forecast that down the road the reform will become very popular, just like the Medicare that lots of tea partiers wanted to protect against all the “socialist” reformers. This entire discussion has been marked by massive ignorance, mostly by the critics, including most notably the tea partier ranting about “death panels” “Hitler” not to mention complaining about possible tax increases by Obama after he massively cut taxes last year in the stimulus package.

    Of course you may be right about the local electoral outcome, given that readers of the DNR might actually believe that the US has the best health care system in the world, most of them never having experienced any other.

  5. Dany Fleming says:

    That’s actually a pretty funny comment, Dave, especially since our general sense of humor seems to be getting flushed down the drain these days.

    You might be right. However, the good thing about a small city election is that big “D” and big “R” politics are less relevant. Voters are more willing to cross party lines because the issues are local, candidates run on those local issues and the candidates generally stand on their own and for who they are.

    Local elections, like city council, are the closest place we have for candidates to be independent thinkers on issues; to be independent of group (party) think and to vote with their conscience and constituents. I don’t mean to be naive about this. Party line voting may prevail. However, I think it’s also important to hold up some place as a haven for independent and responsive governing.

    Call me Polyanna, lots of folks do. I have to say, though, Polyanna prevents indigestion and heartburn much better than cynicism,

  6. Dany Fleming says:

    By the way, it’s also refreshing to see new faces step up to take a lead in local politics – it’s a very Jeffersonian concept.

  7. Jeremy Aldrich says:

    So does Romero have any particular platform?

    I don’t really care for partisan campaigns for local office. What is a Republican vs. Democratic response to fixing potholes, or zoning, or ensuring great local schools, or the other real local issues that Council members deal with? Partisan politics for local government seems to introduce a level of unnecessary drama and reinforce blind party-line voting patterns.

  8. Getting back on the theme of local politics and partisanship, while lately it has been a bit more conventional, in the past local party affiliations have often meant almost nothing. Thus, Dorn Peterson ran as a Republican, even though many local Republicans did not like him at all. The huffings and puffings between various of the Dems, some of them associated with this blog, have also been amusing to watch at times.

  9. Renee says:

    I agree that local politics SHOULD be less partisan, however a lot of people still vote straight D or R, regardless of the candidate’s platform, unfortunately.

    However, I would be extremely surprised if both of these seats went republican, after seeing the strong Democrat vote in the city in previous elections.

    What is the breakdown of parties of current council members that will remain? (I haven’t paid attention to which seats are being vacated.)

  10. A wonderful community servant offers his name for Harrisonburg City Council, and most of the comments have nothing to do with him.
    He’s an educator, a sponsor of recreational activity locally, he runs an after school program, and he is a family man. Let’s get with it, and look at his credentials. No comments on the asides already printed!

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