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Name: Marc Tartaro, Hyattsville resident since late 1980s
Occupation: Architect with the Smithsonian Institution
Family: Children Nick and Julia
Hometown: New York, NY
Qualifications: Experience on the Hyattsville City Council as a ward representative (Ward 1), vice-president and president. Senior level management experience. Commissioner of PGSI league at Magruder Park.
- B.S. in Architecture from the Catholic University of America.
- Licensed architect in multiple states and Washington, D.C.
Three most important city issues and how they should be addressed:
1) Supporting Education
"It's really important on a lot of different levels in terms of attracting people [to Hyattsville] ..." Focusing resources and volunteer resources in schools and in doing that, engage seniors. Tartaro would like to be an outspoken proponent at Prince George's County and state levels for public schools.
2) Change Council Process
Tartaro said he would like to engage more people in the council process and have the council members do more work as opposed to what the mayor has done, historically.
"We need to be proactive and not reactive," he said. "I want the council to be ahead of the curve. We have an opportunity to really change the way we're doing things here."
3) Issues Concerning Aging Population
"Sustainability is good for the environment," Tartaro said, adding that as people age, they should be able to consider their current home for their golden years.
Facebook site: tartaro4mayor