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.

Photo by Michael Theis/Route 1 Reporter

Hyattsville Council candidates take on affordable housing

Housing affordability has quickly become the most-prominent issue in Hyattsville’s City Council elections. Spurred in part by the rapid urbanization of the Route 1 corridor over the past two decades, several candidates have identified housing affordability as the number one policymaking concern facing the city. Candidates for Hyattsville City Council’s ward representatives met Wednesday evening Hyattsville’s City Council Candidate Forum, moderated by staff from the Hyattsville Life & Times. You can view the debate here. The ward candidates’ debate starts around minute 37.

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?