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Former Waynesboro councilman to run for GOP chairman

Waynesboro 1By Lynn R. Mitchell

Mike Harris, who spent more than 30 years as a state trooper before serving on Waynesboro City Council from 2010-14, has announced he will run for chairman of the Waynesboro Republican Committee. Harris, who has been active in the community and statewide, expressed an interest in uniting and strengthening a party that has seen divisive politics shrink its numbers and drive away prospective members.

During his tenure on city council, Harris noted the “proudest of his efforts [was] to bring the satellite Virginia Museum of Natural History to Waynesboro,” according to the News-Virginian.

Current chairman Ken Adams, who is seeking re-election, has been a divisive figure in the party after he spearheaded lawsuits against State Senator Emmett Hanger (R-24th) that would demand mandatory closed conventions without allowing incumbents the choice of an open primary.

Adams’ lawsuit was not settled until shortly before the June 2015 Republican primary (see Primary, or convention in 24th Senate district? and 24th Senate District: Court upholds laws of Commonwealth, Hanger gets primary). He has now filed an appeal that is pending.

The mass meeting to elect a new chairman will be held on Thursday, February 25, at 7:00pm, at city council chambers in the municipal building located at 503 W. Main Street. Those attending are encouraged to be there by 6:30 to register for participation. It is open to any registered voter in the city of Waynesboro. Anyone arriving past 7pm will not be allowed to vote.

Political reporter Bob Stuart has more at the News-Virginian (see Harris to challenge Adams for GOP chair).

Cross-posted at Bearing Drift

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Primary, or convention in 24th Senate District?

Emmett Hanger senate mapBy Lynn R. Mitchell

A lawsuit driven by one man, Waynesboro GOP Chairman Ken Adams, embraced by challenging tea party candidate Dan Moxley, reportedly backed by anonymous consultants and financiers from other areas of the Commonwealth, and represented by local lawyer John Wirth along with Ken Adams’ son, the 24th State Senate seat has become a proving ground of sorts for the right wing of the Republican Party of Virginia that wants conventions to rule all political candidate selections in the Commonwealth (see Republican committee challenges Virginia law in court).

Situated in Augusta County, Rockingham, Madison, Green, and Culpeper as well as the cities of Staunton and Waynesboro, the 24th has been represented since the 1990s by Senator Emmett Hanger. This time around sees a challenge from tea party candidate Moxley, Augusta County supervisor Marshall Pattie who also has tea party backing, and local farmer Donald Sheets, an unexpected last-minute entry (see Hanger gets another challenger).

On Wednesday the Staunton News Leader opined about the latest in a continuous stream of battles put forth by those who make up the tea party and Libertarian membership of the GOP (see Of primary importance):

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