In their own words: Crumbling WSSC building a bad neighbor

This coming Monday, Prince George’s County District Council will decide the fate of a rezoning proposal to allow residential development on the site of the abandoned WSSC headquarters in central Hyattsville. It has become one of the most-divisive development proposals in Hyattsville’s recent memory, becoming a dominant theme in the recent city elections. Opponents of the redevelopment plan claimed a victory in that election when Danny Schaible, an outspoken opponent of the proposal won 52.6 percent of his ward’s electorate, defeating opponent Emily Strab, who was in favor of the development plans for the building. In advance of that decision, Route 1 Reporter spoke with several Hyattsville residents who live next-door to the WSSC headquarters and support the Werrlein proposal. Full disclosure: one of them, Will Seath, was also the campaign treasurer for Strab.

Hyattsville Mayor Candace Hollingsworth poses for a photo.

Hyattsville re-elects Mayor Hollingsworth; Ward results, reaction

Hyattsville Mayor Candace Hollingsworth has won a second term at the center of the dais, handily overcoming a challenge from local political upstart Angela Kenny by a vote of 1,243 to 201. Hollingsworth said she wanted to address concerns raised by her opponent during the campaign. “There’s definitely something that Ms. Kenny spoke to, and I want to honor that because I think it’s worthwhile,” said Hollingsworth. “That’s why people throw their hats into the ring, because they feel that there is something not being met, or there’s a need that’s not being served. As a city, it is our responsibility to cover what those things are and adopt it as part of our mission and objective is over the next few years.”

Hyattsville’s most-contested district, a three-way race for Ward Two, Danny Schaible bested challengers Emily Strab and Robert Poisson in a campaign overshadowed by neighborhood development angst centered on a controversial proposal to redevelop the abandoned WSSC headquarters.

Hyattsville, University Park vote today

The biggest Route 1 municipality with a May 2019 election is Hyattsville, and what an election it is. For the first time in recent memory, races for each ward and the Mayor’s seat are competitive. Incumbent Mayor Candace Hollingsworth is running against life-long Hyattsvillian Angela Kenny. Hollingsworth has run something of a stealth campaign, it seems, with relatively little expenses. Her platform, at least in the lone debate, rested upon her resumé leading Hyattsville City Council throughout her first term while pledging to advance a results-oriented policy agenda focused on community equity.

Benitez wins 4 years on Mount Rainier Council; Brentwood, N. Brentwood, Riverdale Park results

Incumbent Mount Rainier City Councilor Celina Benitez has decisively won a four-year term, holding on to her seat in the Gateway City’s Ward One she first won two years ago. Benitez defeated rival Charnette Robinson by a vote of 281 to 109, according to unofficial results. While the final numbers could change due to potentially-outstanding absentee ballots, there are too few such ballots outstanding to change the final result, according to Mount Rainier election officials. “I’m definitely happy the community came out. It was an election where there with only Council members, so sometimes you tendto feel people will not come out, especially when there’s not a Federal election,” said Benitez in an interview after the votes were counted.

Election day dawns for Mount Rainier, Brentwood, North Brentwood, Riverdale Park

Route 1 Reporter is tracking elections in Mount Rainier, Brentwood, North Brentwood and Riverdale Park today, as voters in municipalities across Maryland head to the polls in the culmination of the spring local election season. Many of Monday’s inner-Route 1 races are all-but decided. Incumbents are running unopposed for North Brentwood’s Mayor and Council seat II. Only one race is competitive in Riverdale Park. In Brentwood, incumbent Mayor Rocio Treminio-Lopez is unopposed.