It’s election season, and this is an exciting year! In the City of Hyattsville’s municipal elections, the Office of the Mayor and five seats on the Hyattsville City Council are up for grabs. Fifteen candidates have filed to run for office, seven of whom are running for the open council seat in Ward 1 — the highest number of candidates competing for a Hyattsville City Council seat in the past 20 years. And the Ward 1 vacancy isn’t the only contested seat. Three candidates have filed in Ward 2 and two in Ward 5. The races for mayor, Ward 3 and Ward 4 are uncontested.

We, the local media, believe it is our responsibility to keep the residents of Hyattsville informed. In the pages of this issue, you’ll find statements from the candidates in their own words. However, we realize a few paragraphs can’t answer all the questions!

And so, on behalf of the Hyattsville Life & Times, I’d like to cordially invite you to attend the 2015 Election Forum. On Wednesday, April 22 at 7:30 p.m., join us and the municipal candidates for a livestreamed event in the council chambers at 4310 Gallatin St.

The Hyattsville Life & Times presents
The 2015 Hyattsville City Election Forum
Apr. 22 at 7:30 p.m.

We need your questions for the candidates by April 15:

Join us in person:

Hyattsville Municipal Building
Third floor council chambers

Watch live at home:

Cable: Comcast 71 or Verizon 12


Do you want to know more about candidates’ views on senior services? Green initiatives? Roadway improvements? Schools? Please send us your questions! Email If you don’t have access to email, call 410.991.9209 and leave a message. Other questions about the forum? Please feel free to contact any of the editors for clarification about the event. Our contact information is available on the newspaper’s second page.

Because there are so many candidates this year, and we only have 90 minutes total, we won’t have time to ask all of the questions we receive. To make sure that everyone is able to address each candidate directly, the full list of raw questions received will be submitted to all candidates immediately following the forum so that they can provide answers to the community at their discretion.

The people voted into office by the residents of Hyattsville next month will have many important decisions to make. They’ll be the ones to decide whether the city pursues a quiet zone at rail crossings, and whether to increase, decrease, or leave in place Queensbury Road access restrictions. They will implement or reject changes to the residential parking program, and they will make decisions on budgets and property taxes in the years to come.

What do you want to know before election day? Send your question (or questions) along.

We look forward to hearing from you soon.