Mount Rainier Council races locked in; Ward One competitive

It’s official: Mount Rainier has a competitive race on its hand in Ward One, pitting incumbent Councilor Celina Benitez agains hopeful Charnette Robinson. Meanwhile, Scott Cecil, a relative newcomer to Mount Rainier and lone official candidate registered in his ward, is likely to be the next Ward Two Councilor, replacing incumbent Shivali Shah, who declined to seek re-election. 

Initially, seven candidates had expressed an interest in running, going so far as to pick up the necessary candidate petitions and packets from City Hall. 

Scott has lived in Mount Rainier since January 2018. In that short amount of time, he has become regular presence at City Council meetings – and more. He currently rents a home near 28th and Taylor Street. Reached Monday evening, Scott was unable to comment at the moment.

New faces join Hyattsville races

In Hyattsville, two new candidates have registered to run for City Council over the past week. One Ben Simasek has thrown his hat in for Ward Three, creating a race with fellow hopeful Matthew Fraterman. Meanwhile, incumbent Ward Five Councilor Joseph Solomon filed to hold onto his seat. Who is Ben Simasek? Simasek has lived in Hyattsville since 2015 with his spouse Claudia.

Mount Rainier, Brentwood elections heat up fast

Brentwood Mayor Rocio Treminio-Lopez will likely hold onto her seat, but the small town has a competitive field for four Town Council seats up for grabs. Meanwhile, as the filing deadline to run for office in Mount Rainier comes to a close, several candidates have expressed an interest in running.

Hyattsville mayor, Council races off to slow start

With less than two weeks to go until the filing deadline, Hyattsville’s City Council races are getting off to a slow start. So far, only one Council ward has a competitive race on its hand. Two other wards have a single candidate registered, while the other two wards have no candidates registered at all. No one has yet filed to run for mayor, either. On May 9, 2019, Hyattsville voters will head to the polls to elect five city council members, one from each ward, and the Mayor’s seat.