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Candidates Debate Hyattsville Issues

All 13 city council candidates participated in Wednesday night's event.

Last night all 13 candidates for Hyattsville City Council debated some of the top issues. Although only a few questions made the slate (likely due to time and number of candidates), they all got to share their visions for the city.

Hyattsville Patch was there and reported on the evening via Twitter with posts and photographs.

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Chris Suspect April 14, 2011 at 04:23 PM
Is the the breadth and depth Patch will be offering on last night's debate? Honestly, I'd like to see a little more reporting and analysis than a link to a twitter feed. The Washington Post is starting to place more emphasis on this type of "reporting" or social media content curation as well and frankly, this is the reason why many people in the DC, VA and MD are disappointed with where WaPo is heading and why sites such as DCist.com, Prince of Petworth, etc., are taking off. If Patch wants to compete in the hyper-local arena, we need it to provide real content, the type of coverage the Post has abandoned.
Sarah Nemeth April 14, 2011 at 05:40 PM
Thanks Chris, I hope to have some more time to attend to coverage of last night's event today. There wasn't a whole lot more than what I posted in terms of content -- as most candidates repeated what others said and since only a few (maybe 3) actual questions were answered beyond the candidates offering their respective platforms. I'm sure you can get ahold of a DVD of it tho! If you'd like to talk more about this, please feel free to email me at sarahn@patch.com Take Care and thanks for your feedback! Sarah
Shani April 14, 2011 at 05:56 PM
Some of the problem for anyone trying to summarize the evening is due to the format. It's an odd arrangement where you have 13 candidates in a row answering question after question. After the fourth or fifth response (on a particular topic), I'm not sure there was very much that each additional candidate could add for most of the issues. There wasn't as much as far as substance is concerned to show off the very real differences among the candidates as there might be in a true debate, even when I know there *are* differences from responses to the HOPE questionaire. Still, I suppose it was a useful exercise for someone trying to get a read on the different candidates' styles and that might be particularly difficult to convey in an overview since it's largely subjective. (to be contd. due to space constraints)
Shani April 14, 2011 at 05:58 PM
We were asked about whether the will of the constituents trumps the judgment of the council member, the pilot trash program, pros and cons of annexation, aging in place initiatives, how to get more people to volunteer on committees, how many City Council meetings we've been to/missed in the past 6 months (for newcomers/incumbents respectively). The Mayoral candidates were asked about the size of the Council. The answer in the future might be to have Ward/race specific candidate events. I'd certainly appreciate more time to see the Mayoral candidates spell out their differences. Still, I was encouraged by the turnout in the audience, easily three times what it was the last debate. And if my Facebook feed is any indication, it looks like a lot of people were watching from home.
Chris Suspect April 14, 2011 at 06:09 PM
Thanks for the reply and for the non-biased update. (Disclaimer - Shani is running for the Ward 2 council seat.)
Shani April 14, 2011 at 06:12 PM
Yes, I'm Shani Warner and I approve these comments. *grin*
Chris Suspect April 15, 2011 at 05:31 PM
BTW, Michael's photograph of Flawn is great. Thanks for adding some more content here. Between Patch, Michael's photos and Shani's recap, I think we managed to get a full news article, LOL
Sarah Nemeth April 15, 2011 at 07:44 PM
Well, Chris, thanks for the nice compliment! I will have to recruit all the council members to help me write pieces like this for the future ;-) Thank Goodness Patch isn't meant to be an online newspaper! I'd have trouble keeping up with the awesome content provided by some locals. Michael's photos are indeed great! Sarah

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