COLLEGE PARK – Patrick Wojahn is officially the mayor of College Park after a swear-in Monday with three new city councilmembers. Wojahn said he is excited to take on his new role as mayor and work with his colleagues. “I’m really looking forward to working with the council. I know we’re not always going to […]
COLLEGE PARK – Patrick Wojahn is officially the mayor of College Park after a swear-in Monday with three new city councilmembers.
Wojahn said he is excited to take on his new role as mayor and work with his colleagues.
“I’m really looking forward to working with the council. I know we’re not always going to agree on everything, but I’m sure we’ll be able to move forward with decisions and move the city forward in many directions,” Wojahn said.
One of Wojahn’s main goals is to work on team building.
“I’d like to bring the council together for a retreat so we can work on establishing how we’re going to work together,” Wojahn said. “I want us to be able to set forth our action plans and vision for the next year and find our commonalities.”
In terms of issues relating to College Park, Wojahn’s top priority is development. Additionally, Wojahn said collaborating with the University of Maryland is essential for the development of the city.
“We need to move forward in working on our downtown area and rebuilding city hall,” Wojahn said.
The other council members sworn in were Mary Cook, Christine Nagle, and Dustyn Kujawa.
Cook previously served on the council from 2006 to 2009. Cook said she loves College Park and wants to see the best for the city.
“I want to see development that will not overwhelm the city, but will improve it,” Cook said.
In addition, Cook said she wants to help improve the quality of life for residents of College Park. Cook will represent District 4 alongside Kujawa.
Kujawa, an eight-year resident of College Park, said she was encouraged by neighbors to run for council and is excited to be on the council.
“It’s going to be an exciting two years for all of us to come together and accomplish great things,” Kujawa said.
Kujawa said she hopes to facilitate communication and transparency between the city and her district.
Nagle also has previous experience on the council. Nagle was a part of the council during 2009 to 2011. Nagle’s main goal is to bring more amenities to the community.
“I want to find ways to keep families here,” Nagle said.
Nagle said she hopes to establish a community center, a dog park, and other community aspects so residents will have things to do. She will represent District 1 along with Councilman Fazlul Kabir.
“I’m really anxious to work with Fazul Kahbir. I think he’s done a fantastic job as far as providing constituents services for our residents and I think we’ll compliment each other well,” Nagle said.
Mayor Wojahn appointed District 2 Councilman Monroe Dennis as Mayor Pro Tem. Dennis has served two terms on the council and is excited about his new position.
“I’m looking forward to working with our city staff and other outside stakeholders and representing the city,” Dennis said.
So far, citizens are satisfied with the newly elected mayor and councilmembers.
Mike Sarzo, 42 and a four-year resident of College Park, has high hopes for the council. “I think they have the potential to do some good things and will really lead College Park in the right direction,” Sarzo said. “I hope they focus on uniting the city as a whole because there are different backgrounds, different communities that really should be under the one college park flag.”
Seth Weene, a 32-year resident of College Park, said he’s very familiar with Mayor Wojahn, Councilman Kabir, and Councilwoman Nagle because of their actions within the community.
“Whenever my wife and I have a concern, we talk to them and they always address it,” Weene said. “I don’t come to a lot of the meetings or know much about politics. I just know that when I have a concern I know who to talk to.”