UPDATE: Byrd Elected Harrisonburg Mayor

Chenault Vice Mayor; Fall Victors Sworn In

Posted: January 2, 2013

HARRISONBURG — City Council unanimously selected Ted Byrd as Harrisonburg’s mayor for the next two years during a re-organizational meeting this morning.

Councilman Charles Chenault was elected vice mayor.

Byrd, 49, two years into his second four-year term on council, succeeds Richard Baugh as mayor.

The five-person panel appoints one of its own to be mayor every two years. Byrd, a Republican was vice mayor under Baugh, a Democrat who was re-elected to a second term on council in November.

Byrd says he wants to follow the “traditions set forth by former mayors,” including “collegial” discussions.

Also at this morning’s meeting, Baugh and the other two successful candidates in November’s eight-way race for three council seats were sworn in: Councilman Kai Degner, a Democrat who also won his second term last fall, and newcomer Abe Shearer, an independent.

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