Message from the Mayor

Greetings Hyattsville!

I am proud to live in this beautiful community and take with great responsibility the trust you've placed in me to serve as your Mayor.

After six years on City Council, I've had the inspiring opportunity to learn from people of all walks of life across all five Wards. We are fortunate to live in a place where neighbors come together, and the City offers an array of community resources to its residents. I believe in Hyattsville's foundational strength, which has kept my family and I here for years.

However, I recognize that even with our progress, not all residents have felt those benefits in the same way. I'm committed to working with my fellow leaders on City Council, our fearless City Administrator, and our dedicated City staff to close those gaps and reach all members of our community equally.

Our priority is doing our part to help our residents and businesses survive the pandemic now that the end appears in sight. While we collectively grieve this experience, we are also identifying the lessons that will help us build durable solutions for the future.

We must expand the inventory of clean and safe affordable housing in Hyattsville.
We must provide programming to support children and working parents.
We must have safety nets in place to allow our aging residents to remain in the community and live as independently as possible.
We must support artists and entrepreneurs to maintain a vibrant economy and draw more businesses to Hyattsville.
We must expand community policing and mental health awareness to improve public safety for all.
We must continue to lead on environmentally responsible policymaking.
And most importantly, we must treat all parts of the City equitably, both in terms of investment and availability of City resources.

Finally, we must hear from you to know the right direction to lead. I love to talk to my neighbors! Whether you are here for a short time or a lifetime, please connect with me and my fellow Councilmembers to let us know how we can better serve you.

With great appreciation,

Mayor Kevin Ward

Kevin Speech 2021