Waynesboro City Council Candidates Participate in Forum

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Richard Burcaw Richard Burcaw
Sam Hostetter Sam Hostetter
Bobby Henderson Bobby Henderson
Jeff Freeman Jeff Freeman
Chanda McGuffin Chanda McGuffin

Voters go to the polls in less than a week to cast their vote in a contested race for Waynesboro City Council.

Our partners at the News Virginian hosted a candidate’s forum for the five candidates aiming to take one of the two council seats up for grabs.

Incumbent Jeff Freeman, Chanda McGuffin, and Bobby Henderson are competing for Ward C. Sam Hostetter and Richard Burcaw are vying to represent Ward D.

The candidates were asked a variety of questions, both on paper and from the audience. Topics ranged from the drug epidemic and ways to work with Staunton and Augusta County, to the intersection at Rosser and 13th, and bringing in good jobs.

“We have to have the infrastructure in place to really welcome more business and new businesses,” says Burcaw. “And we've got to look at what high technology is available in the valley.”

“I don't think we're going to be bringing back large businesses like DuPont, or GE,” says Hostetter. “And we need to find our way to get small businesses coming in. And we also need to make it more easier for the businesses that are here to grow.”

“What can our trade schools offer that businesses are looking for for their expansion, and once we identify these then we can help start training our young folks to fill in these vacancies that these jobs have right now,” says Henderson.

Candidates were also asked what they thought was the biggest challenge facing Waynesboro.

“We have to have a way to keep Waynesboro younger,” says Freeman. “We have to have families. I know five generations of my family have been here. And I want that same experience for the kids today.”

“Our biggest challenge in Waynesboro is that our leadership does not reflect our community,” says McGuffin. “We have got to be intentional about putting progressive people in leadership.”

When asked about what would be their top priority on the city's recently adopted comprehensive plan, all five candidates said the schools.

The election is Tuesday, May 1. All registered voters in Waynesboro can pick their candidates to fill wards C and D.

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