Analysis: Finding the subtext in Mount Rainier’s City Council debate

Mount Rainier’s three candidates for City Council seats met this week in the only debate planned before the May elections. For two candidates — incumbent Ward One Councilor Celina Benitez and her opponent, local activist Charnette Robinson — it was a chance to define themselves against the other. But they didn’t really succeed — unless, that is, you were already familiar with the candidates.

In Hyattsville’s Ward Five, differing views on community satisfaction

Hyattsville’s Ward Five election pits incumbent Councilor Joseph Solomon against Sophie Gorman Oriani. Solomon, who was first elected in 2013 to fill a partial-term vacancy on City Council and re-elected in 2015, is running for his second full term. In their interviews with Route 1 Reporter, their differences were most-pronounced in assessing the satisfaction of their West Hyattsville neighbors. Joseph Solomon posed the “Ronald Reagan” question when asked why voters should re-elect him. “Are you better off now than you were four years ago?

In Hyattsville’s Ward Four, candidates want sensible development

Editor’s note: See correction below article. Ward Four’s wide open seat in West Hyattsville– vacated by former Councilor Paula Perry – has attracted to would-be City Councilors to this year’s elections in Hyattsville: Jonathan Mueller and Daniel Peabody. In interviews, both West Hyattsville candidates highlighted their approach to local politics. Each – in their own way – reflected a persistent sense of dissatisfaction with Hyattsville’s East-West divide that has left some residents west of Queens Chapel Road to say they feel left-out in both policy decisions and economic development. “We need to develop.