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Manassas Mayoral Shakeup Fortells Senate Shift?

By Greg L | 5 January 2012 | 29th VA Senate, Manassas City | 24 Comments

Reader “JimmyV” noticed a new facebook page tonight for Andy Harrover for Mayor of Manassas, which is quite surprising and raises some interesting questions.  This is the first I’d heard that Harrover was interested in the post, and raises interesting questions about what Hal Parrish’s plans might be in public service.

Mayoral duties aren’t conveniently piled up into evenings and weekends, and that has been a discouragement for many potential candidates for office in the past.  With official business regularly occurring during business hours and the not unusual times when some issue requires attention outside of schedules, this isn’t an easy post to fulfill when you’re also trying to provide for a family and perhaps commuting to a job.  Harrover owns a small IT business in Manassas and has previously said that the time commitments during the day for his business would be a real challenge for him, so this is quite a change from what I’d understood to be the case previously.

This also suggests that Hal Parrish won’t be seeking re-election.  Parrish is pretty well liked in the city, he’s one of the most kind and decent people you will ever meet, and he carries along with him a campaign war chest inherited from his father that dwarfs most State Senators right now.  When races for mayor and city council tend to be so low-budget that candidates usually just self-finance, having a six figure campaign finance account is like being the sole nuclear power on a planet you share with folks who are still messing around with muskets and horses.

Harrover and Parrish seem to get along pretty well, so I can’t see a challenge happening.  More likely, Hal Parrish has decided he needs to focus on something on the horizon — like a Chuck Colgan retirement immediately after this session of the General Assembly, and a race for the 29th Senate District in a special election.  Parrish would almost certainly get Colgan’s support (even across party lines), Parrish has a nice warchest to start with, and since the initial idea of Colgan’s grandson moving to the district and running for the 29th hasn’t seemed to pan out.

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  1. Doug Brown said on 6 Jan 2012 at 12:31 am:
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    Facebook interesting announcement vehicle. What was that term Zuckerberg used to describe his users again? Did he ever apologize for that?

  2. AndyH said on 6 Jan 2012 at 6:33 am:
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    Doug, you are a tenacious lot!…:) I apologize.

  3. Doug Brown said on 6 Jan 2012 at 8:00 am:
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    Is that “you” singular or plural. :-)

    Good luck in the race. Hal cuts a mean ribbon, but you’ve worked hard just one seat over from him. Let the musical chairs begin!

  4. Steve Thomas said on 6 Jan 2012 at 10:06 am:
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    I do believe this will be a contested race.

    The great thing about being a politically engaged Virginian: No off-season.

  5. Dave Core said on 6 Jan 2012 at 11:41 am:
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    Hal Parrish had announced his intention to seek re-election at the last City Republican Meeting on December 14.

  6. veronica said on 6 Jan 2012 at 11:55 am:
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    I talked to Hal this morning.
    He is absolutely running for Mayor in 2012.

  7. Anonymous said on 6 Jan 2012 at 1:18 pm:
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    So this is all about what then?

    Not liking Hal’s leadership style or lack thereof?

  8. Doug Brown said on 7 Jan 2012 at 11:59 am:
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    Hal Parrish has been a good and decent Mayor in many ways, but whether his leadership style is what is needed now in Manassas is a perfectly legitimate question for Andy Harrover to raise. Isn’t that what elections for positions such as Mayor is all about?

  9. Doug Brown said on 7 Jan 2012 at 6:37 pm:
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    “or are all about?” for English as 1st language speakers

  10. Badger said on 8 Jan 2012 at 7:53 pm:
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    This sums things up… http://harrover.com/wordpress/

  11. Chester said on 9 Jan 2012 at 3:56 am:
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    The City of Manassas needs leadership and a Mayor to move us beyond the Mayberry- epic 1950’s image that the majority of the City Council governs by. Hal Parrish is a good person, akin to Ward Cleaver dealing with the antics of Eddie Haskell. We need a Joe Arpaio as Mayor to deal with the antics of crime, illegal aliens, slum sections of town and other similar matters - Mr. Harrover is the person to at least attempt to get us there.

  12. No thank you said on 9 Jan 2012 at 6:48 am:
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    If you like things as they currently are, you should vote for Hal Parrish.

  13. JOE said on 9 Jan 2012 at 8:15 am:
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    People seem to like the status quo in the city, as they elect the same people into office year after year.

  14. I'll support Hal said on 9 Jan 2012 at 9:26 am:
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    If you want higher taxes and more density like Fairfax, Vote Andy

  15. wrassler said on 9 Jan 2012 at 3:19 pm:
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    The City - like any government - needs a good shake-up once in a while. A contested election regardless of how it turns out should be healthy for the community. No matter the outcome, the Mayor needs to take a much more personal and active role in the planning activities of staff and related expenditures to better prioritize accross the whole city budget not just the stovepipes that aready exist. I am not sure that means higher taxes or higher density.

  16. conflict avoidance is not a virtue said on 9 Jan 2012 at 6:35 pm:
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    If you want change at the top don’t look to our current batch of politicians to have any part of it. They are not only afraid of taking tough public positions on anything, they are even mortally afraid of each other. Watch them as they cower to avoid endorsing either mayoral candidate. They are worthless. They are only interested in getting reelected. Instead of it being about Manassas it is all about “me.” Listen up local pols, you are either at the dinner table or you are on the dinner table.

  17. Anonymous said on 10 Jan 2012 at 8:45 am:
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    why endorse either? 2 moderates? let them fight it out?

  18. The Ghost Ballot said on 10 Jan 2012 at 4:38 pm:
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    OT: but pending?

    “Virginia Ballot Access by GOP Candidates
    From: http://pjmedia.com/tatler/2012/01/10/virginia-ballot-access-by-gop-candidates/
    A big development in the lawsuit filed in Virginia by Texas Gov. Rick Perry and joined by Gingrich, Santorum, and Huntsman contesting the state’s ballot access requirements. The federal judge has just filed an order saying that there is a “strong likelihood that the Court will find the residency requirement for petition circulators to be unconstitutional” at the hearing scheduled for Friday. So it is very likely that there will be additional candidates on the Virginia GOP ballot besides Romney and Paul.”

    Copy of the order:

    So would that include illegal aliens as the “petition circulators” if that occured?

  19. Rich said on 10 Jan 2012 at 8:55 pm:
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    Very true, but also note the Court’s subsequent language in the first complete pararaph at page 4 of the order stating that the order “should not be interpreted as an indication of how the Court will rule” on Friday.

  20. Foemer Officer said on 12 Jan 2012 at 6:35 am:
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    “Chester”-We need a Joe Arpaio as Mayor to deal with the antics of crime, illegal aliens, slum sections of town and other similar matters - Mr. Harrover is the person to at least attempt to get us there.”

    While I don’t know at this point who I would vote for I’m not quite sure what you are expecting of any mayor in a city like ours. Or any for that matter. Towns, cities or counties of any size are bound to have lower income areas. In lower income areas usually comes higher crimes and some undesirables. Unless you expect the mayor to raze areas like GTS or a few other areas there is not a whole lot that can be done. People who make less money need areas where rent or home prices are lower. EX: GTS. Mayors can always increase police presence, put money there in programs for citizens and such but of course this isn’t done for free. Put more officers there you better be prepared to pay more taxes or these officers will just be pulled from other duties in the city meaning my neighborhood or yours may not be patrolled. I’m all for a law and order mayor but you’re expecting a little too much I believe.

  21. Doug Brown said on 12 Jan 2012 at 5:59 pm:
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    A Manassas Mayoral Race:

    “Two bald old men fighting over a pair of scissors.”

    Thank you Charles Sutherland.

    Charles’ comment on any mayoral contest in Manassas after perusing:


  22. Jonathan Way said on 12 Jan 2012 at 6:54 pm:
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    There is no requirement that a mayoral candidate be bald. I wish there was such a requirement for city council; it would make my efforts much easier. :=)

    Jonathan Way

  23. Doug Brown said on 12 Jan 2012 at 8:55 pm:
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    More Ways to run for Mayor?

  24. Richard said on 19 Jan 2012 at 10:49 pm:
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    Colgan has no intension of retiring after this session!!!

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