This is our last issue before the city’s biennial election on May 3, so we decided to let the candidates speak for themselves. Of the six races, half are uncontested. Facing no opposition, councilmembers Tim Hunt, Paula Perry and Nicole Hinds will continue to represent wards 3, 4 and 5 respectively. We asked them what they would like to tell voters, and here is what they said.
Day job: Homemaker
Community involvement: Ward 3 City Council member since 2009; T-ball coach, HMB; soccer coach, PGSI; member, University Park Elementary School PTA; member and former treasurer, University Hills Area Civic Association; former board member and secretary, Hyattsville Life & Times
For the past 17 months, it has been an honor and my privilege to serve you as your City Council representative for Ward 3. I am seeking your continued support as I campaign for re-election.
Hyattsville is a great place to live because of the community spirit that is derived from its history, its uniqueness and its inclusiveness. It’s a place where folks from all walks of life can live comfortably in the same neighborhood. Together with your help, ideas and dedication, we can continue to improve our neighborhoods and maintain our essential sense of community while ensuring that our tax dollars and community resources are used effectively and efficiently.
I believe my record reflects my dedication to transparency and my ability to collaborate with residents, city staff and other elected officials in an independent manner. I have made, and will continue to make, it my priority to ensure that neighbors with different points of view are able to come together and work with each other to move forward.
Hyattsville is faced with continuing challenges and opportunities that directly affect our day to day lives. Using our resources and appropriating our tax money wisely and with scrutiny is important to all of us. I pledge to continue to solicit and gain your input and to do my best to make what are often difficult decisions with you and our community in mind. To me, there is no other way.
I hope to earn your vote on Tuesday, May 3. Let me know what is on your mind. Please contact me at any time at 301.422.2047 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Day job: Retired
Community involvement: I have worked with the Code Enforcement Committee since it was founded. I started a Neighborhood Watch Program in Ward 4 and attended City Council meetings for two years before running for council.
I am running for re-election on the same things I’ve been running on for the last 12 years. I can’t promise I can make everything better, because I’m only one vote. But I’ll do the absolute best I can to be the voice of my residents and to bring forward the things I think are most important. These are public safety and cleaning up our community and making it better for everyone. If any resident in any ward has anything they’d like to discuss with me, please call me at 301.853.3194. I’m here. I work for the whole city.
Ward 4 votes at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, 5901 36th Avenue.
Day job: Environmental Engineer with Prince Georges County Government
Community Involvement: Ward 5 City Council member since 2005; council liason for Hyattsville Environmental Committee (HEC-YES); member, Donna Edwards Commission on Education; member, Prince George’s County Solid Waste Advisory Commission; member, Leadership Prince George’s
I am running for re-election in Ward 5 because I believe that this is a critical time in the history of the city and I would like to make sure that decisions are made in the best interest of the residents. The residents of Ward 5 need representatives who understand their concerns and are willing to fight for their interests. I especially want to make sure that the voice of my constituents is heard concerning the BB&T building and the former Jack and Jill property that are both on Hamilton Street. I look forward to continuing my service to the residents of Ward 5.
Ward 5 votes at the Magruder Park Recreation Center, 3911 Hamilton Street. Polling places will be open on May 3 from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Not sure of your ward? Call 301.985.5000.