COLLEGE PARK – The city’s election may not be until November, but candidates have already started to throw their hats into the ring in the hopes of getting their names out as soon as possible. Charlene Mahoney, 51, announced last week she will run for one of the District 2 seats held by Councilmembers P.J. […]
COLLEGE PARK – The city’s election may not be until November, but candidates have already started to throw their hats into the ring in the hopes of getting their names out as soon as possible.
Charlene Mahoney, 51, announced last week she will run for one of the District 2 seats held by Councilmembers P.J. Brennan and Monroe S. Dennis because it is “time for a change in College Park.”
“If I’m elected, I’m anticipating on bringing about change. With the new strategies that I have, I’ll be able to bring more schools into College Park,” Mahoney said. “I want to open more doors for jobs in College Park and with the new Purple Line that’s coming up, it will eliminate a lot of transportation problems as far as cars are concerned.”
Mahoney said her focus will be on bringing new business into College Park and change with new technology. She said she also has a heart for senior citizens.
“A lot of senior citizens in my area, they are only in their senior living building,” she said. “They do not get out as much and I feel that if there is community involvement where they’re able to come out, they won’t be as confined.”
Mahoney said politics is her passion and she places value in public officials being loyal, trustworthy and champions of the community.
“People need strong voices because we need to be heard. We need to stand up for our citizens and we have to be a leader and a role model,” said Mahoney. “A lot of times, people are not strong enough to fight for themselves so therefore they need strong leadership, a strong city councilperson to fight for them.”
Councilmember Monroe S. Dennis, who holds a District 2 seat, has not yet made a final decision on whether he will run again.
“I won’t make that final decision until sometime this summer,” he said.
If Dennis decides to run again, he said he will continue to promote having a strong relationship between the city council, city management and the University of Maryland while also establishing a better coalition between the districts and communities within the city.
Councilmember Denise C. Mitchell said she has not made a decision on whether to run again, but she will announce by April 15.
“If I decide to run, I will continue to be working with residents in my district and in regards to cooperation, making sure they are receiving communication, being transparent and bringing a collective voice for them to the table,” she said.
Councilmember Robert W. Day, Sr. said he plans to run for reelection. He said he wants to “bridge the gap” between the university students, the council and the city.
“It’s something that is greatly needed,” Day said. “I think we have to continue working at it. I think people are actually seeing that we’re moving forward and that’s great, but by no means is this completed.”
Day said he is passionate about ensuring city residents get what they need and making their voices heard.
“I think I take a holistic view of the whole city and apply that to what we need to do,” he said.
If re-elected, Day’s vision for the next term will be to “continue the growth of the city” by bringing more residents and small businesses to College Park.
Councilmember Alan also will run for reelection on the platform of ensuring developers work with the community.
“If not done correctly, (development) can change the character of College Park,” Hew said.
Hew completed his first term on city council in January and appreciates that he was able to “get this culture focused on gardening” in the city by maintaining landscaping plants along the trail using blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, elderberries, nuts and pecans that are free for consumption to anyone who bikes or hikes along that trail.
If re-elected, Hew said he will work to provide quality amenities for city residents.
“We really need some quality white tablecloth, linen table cloth restaurants that serve food more oriented to the residents rather than your fast food restaurants,” Hew said.
Councilmember S.M. Fazlul Kabir plans to run for re-election. He will be running for his third term and wants to further the development of the commercial district of Hollywood, Md.
Kabir said he will work to bring more development residents can benefit from and is currently working on improving public safety.
“The crime rate has been going down but we need to keep working to bring the crime numbers down,” Kabir said. “The bottom line is things are getting better but we need to keep working to make them even better.”