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.

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.

In firehouse dispute, court sides with Mount Rainier volunteers on key issues

A judge’s ruling clears the way for the Mount Rainier Volunteer Fire Department to return to active, independent service as the Bunker Hill Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company. Where that happens, however, could be another story. A ruling issued Feb. 21, 2019 by Prince George’s County Circuit Court Judge John Davey settles a contentious lawsuit brought by former members of the Mount Rainier Volunteer Fire Department against Prince George’s County fire and rescue officials and the Brentwood Volunteer Fire Department. “The Bunker Hill Volunteer Fire And Rescue Co.

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Mount Rainier residents demand library service

A packed-house of Mount Rainier residents, meeting Prince George’s County’s new library system CEO for the first time, had a single demand: re-open the Mount Rainier library branch. But what seemed before the meeting to be a singular task –  dealing with the presence of asbestos – was revealed to be a more comprehensive list of issues with the city-owned building, ranging from security concerns to inadequate emergency exits and support among county policymakers. When asked by Councilor Luke Chesek (Ward One) if the county is committed to re-opening the branch, Roberta Phillips, the newly-minted CEO of the Prince George’s County Memorial Library System, said library officials want to “move forward” with plans to re-establish library service in the city. But she noted political considerations, as well. “Once I meet with Council-member Deni Taveras and the other County Council members, I will have a better handle on it,” replied Phillips.