Recently, our Hyattsville Mayor Candace Hollingsworth announced she is resigning from her position at the end of 2020 to focus her efforts on Our Black Party, a political organization she co-founded this year.

Candace, who joined the City Council in 2011 representing Ward 1, became Hyattsville’s youngest Mayor, our second female Mayor, and our first Black Mayor in 2015. During Candace’s tenure, she oversaw increased city partnerships with businesses and nonprofit groups, expanded programming for seniors and youth, expanded voting rights for City elections, designation of Hyattsville as a Sanctuary City, and increased transparency and engagement in local government. Among her many accomplishments, Candace's leadership has prepared Hyattsville to serve our anticipated population growth with funding for the construction of a public works facility and a new public safety headquarters, and acquisition of a facility to serve as a hub for our teen programming. She initiated the Clean and Safe Team, founded the Race & Equity Task Force, Education Advisory Committee and Complete Count Committee, and established the $1M COVID-19 Pandemic Relief Fund for residents and businesses.

Though Candace may be leaving the City as Mayor, we are fortunate that she will remain our neighbor! We’d like to thank Candace for her exceptional work and the time she dedicated to the City of Hyattsville. The City is proud to see her take her advocacy for equity and justice to even greater heights. Thank you, Candace!

Once Mayor Hollingsworth steps down, Council President Kevin Ward will serve as Mayor until the City elections in the spring of 2021. A new mayor will be elected at that time and serve the remainder of Mayor Hollingsworth’s current term (spring 2023).