Harrisonburg’s Curse of The Mayors

April 7, 2012 at 3:58 pm 1 comment

The image below describes an electoral anomaly for Harrisonburg, described in a little more detail elsewhere. Each year can be explained on its own merits, but there are 22 of them now.

Harrisonburg City Council History


Entry filed under: Commentary, Elections, Memoir.

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  • […] Those of us who lost were among eleven incumbents defeated in 20 years. Sixteen newcomers won office, three won again after having left office, and eight decided not to run again. I’ve called that inhospitality to incumbents the Curse of the Mayors, since five sitting or former mayors were among the incumbents defeated. What it’s meant is an instability to city government, with constant shifts in politics, factions, and philosophies, and more power resting with the City Manager and staff than in many cities. [Updated here.] […]


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