April 26: Waynesboro City Council Forum

April 26: Waynesboro City Council Forum

Voters will have a chance to hear from candidates running in the upcoming Waynesboro City Council elections at a forum set for April 26 at the Wayne Theatre.

The forum, which is being co-sponsored by The Wayne Theatre and The News Virginian, will take place at 7 p.m. and is scheduled five days before the May 1 city elections.

Augusta Free Press Editor Chris Graham will moderate the forum. The format will begin with five questions from The News Virginian that the moderator will put to each candidate. The candidates will not know in advance of the questions. Following the initial questions, audience members will have the opportunity to ask a question of the candidates.

At the forum’s conclusion, each candidate will have 60 to 90 seconds for a closing statement.

As of Wednesday, four of the five candidates running for Waynesboro City Council had committed to the forum. Those include Ward C incumbent Councilman Jeff Freeman, and Ward C candidates Bobby Henderson and Chanda McGuffin.

The Ward D seat is being vacated by retiring Councilman Pete Marks. As of Wednesday, Ward D candidate Sam Hostetter had committed to participating in the forum. Hostetter is opposed by Richard Burcaw for the seat. Burcaw has not committed to the forum.

News Virginian Managing Editor Rob Longley spoke of the importance of the forum.

“We’re thrilled to be partnering with The Wayne Theatre on this forum, and grateful to the candidates for participating,” Longley said. “This is an opportunity for voters to hear from the candidates directly and to ask them questions. But because the candidates won’t have prior knowledge of the questions, it’s also an opportunity for voters to see how well candidates think on their feet and how well they know and understand the issues that are important to the residents of Waynesboro.”

Tracy Straight, executive director of The Wayne Theatre, said “The Wayne is proud to be host for this event. We are the community’s largest classroom where hot topics of discussion can come to the forefront in a safe environment.”

– Story by Bob Stuart


Upcoming Events

May 31: Suicide: The Ripple Effect Documentary

The Wayne Theatre will screen a new documentary film titled “Suicide: The Ripple Effect” on Thursday, May 31, at 7 p.m. Admission is Pay What You Will.

June 9-10: Dreams Really Do Come True/The Music of Animated Films

The Wayne Theatre presents Dreams Really Do Come True/The Music Of Animated Films on Saturday, June 9, at 7 p.m., and Sunday, June 10, at 2 p.m.

June 21-23: Dirty Barbie and Other Girlhood Tales  

The Wayne Theatre presents Dirty Barbie and Other Girlhood Tales June 21-23 at 8 p.m.

July 22: Heifetz on Tour

The Wayne Theatre presents a performance of Heifetz on Tour on Sunday, July 22, at 3 p.m.

July 27: The Quebe Sisters

The Wayne Theatre presents The Quebe Sisters on Friday, July 27, at 7:30 p.m.

July 29: The Glenn Miller Orchestra 2018

The Wayne Theatre presents the Glenn Miller Orchestra on Sunday, July 29, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $40.

Aug. 9-19: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

The Wayne Theatre presents Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, with a two-weekend run, Aug. 9-12 and Aug. 16-19. Showtimes are 7 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, with 3 p.m. Sunday matinees.


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