Chenault Won’t Run

Councilman Not Seeking Re-Election

Posted: April 19, 2014

HARRISONBURG — City Council will have at least one new face next year.

Councilman Charles Chenault will not seek re-election to another four-year term in office this fall. He did not want to elaborate on his decision not to run again, saying he hasn’t had time to gather his thoughts yet.

Chenault, 61, was first elected in 2004 as a Republican, but lost his re-election bid in 2008. He then successfully ran as an independent in 2010.

Chenault and Mayor Ted Byrd are up for re-election to the five-person council in November. Byrd, a Republican, is running again.

The remainder of the ballot will take shape in the coming weeks as city Republicans and Democrats nominate candidates.

The Harrisonburg Republican Committee will host people interested in the party’s nomination at its monthly First Fridays event at Wood Grill Buffet on May 2.

Chairman Mac Nichols said he doesn’t know yet who intends to seek the nomination for the two open seats, except for Byrd.

Helen Shibut, 23, chairwoman of the Harrisonburg Libertarian Committee, has already announced her plans to run for council.

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