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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