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My name is Seth Grimes. I’m a former, two-term member of the Takoma Park City Council and a long-time community advocate, and I’m running for Mayor of Takoma Park. I am asking for your vote in the November 2022 Takoma Park city election.

Key Priorities for Takoma Park

Community: Let’s ensure housing and food security for all with action to preserve affordability and support our neighbors who are most in need.

Housing, Rec & Public Spaces: We have opportunities to create new multi-unit housing and amenities in the coming years, in particular by building apartments when we replace the outmoded New Hampshire Ave Rec Center (a priority for me!) and smart repurposing of former Washington Adventist Hospital campus. These and other housing, recreation, and public-space possibilities present great opportunities to invest in our community.

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Climate Action: It’s time to accelerate our climate response in order to meet the city’s Climate Emergency commitment, a 100% reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2035, and to advance tree canopy, stormwater management, biodiversity, and zero-waste goals.

Open, Effective, Inclusive City Government: Let’s focus on fundamentals — safe streets, support for kids and seniors and neighbors facing financial challenges, and a livable community, with excellent service delivery — with careful attention to taxes and spending.


Mayor is an important office, charged with improving the quality of life for all city residents. I will deliver the capable, experienced, visionary leadership our city needs, now more than ever. My promise to you is equity, action, openness, and accountability.

El alcalde tiene la tarea de trabajar para mejorar el bienestar de todos los habitantes de la ciudad. Pido su voto en estas próximas elecciones para ser electo alcalde de la ciudad de Takoma Park. Usaré un liderazgo competente, experimentado y visionario, algo que nuestra ciudad necesita ahora más que nunca. Prometo generar equidad, acción, apertura y rendición de cuentas.

ከንቲባው ለሁሉም የከተማው ነዋሪዎች የኑሮ ጥራትን ለማሻሻል ኃላፊነት የተሰጠው አስፈላጊ ስልጣን ነው። በኖቨምበር የሚካሄደው የታኮማ ፓርክ ከተማ ምርጫ ለከንቲባነት ድምጽ እንዲሰጡኝ በአክብሮት እጠይቃለሁ። ታኮማ ፓርክ የሚፈልገውን ብቁ፣ ልምድ ያለው፣ ባለራዕይ አመራር ከመቼውም ጊዜ በበለጠ ለማራመድ ዝግጁ ነኝ። ለእናንተ የምገባውም ቃል ፍትሃዊነት፣ ተጨባጭ የሆነ ተግባር፣ ግልጽነት እና ለቃሌም ተጠያቂ መሆን ነው።

ላለፉት አስር አመታት ከኢትዮጵያን አሜሪካን የሆነው የኮሙኒቲ አክቲቪስት ጥበቡ አሰፋ ጋር ስለሰራሁ ለናንተ ህብረተሰብ አንገብጋቢ የሆኑትን ጉዳዮችን የኢኮኖሚ እድገትንም ጨምሮ በሚገባ እረዳለሁ። ስመረጥም በነዚህ ጉዳዮች ላይ ያላችሁን ሃሳብ ለማዳመጥና በተቻለኝ መጠን በተግባር ለማዋል ዝግጁ ነኝ። ለድጋፋችሁም በቅድሚያ መስጋናዬ ከፍ ያለ ነው።

Le poste de maire, garant d’une meilleure qualité de vie pour tous les habitants de la ville, est une fonction importante. Aussi, je vous demande de voter pour moi aux élections municipales qui ont lieu cet automne à Takoma Park. Je m’engage à exercer mon rôle de leader avec toute la compétence, l’expérience et la lucidité dont Takoma Park a besoin et je vous promets équité, action, ouverture d’esprit, transparence et responsabilité.

Progressive Innovation

In my previous council terms, we initiated the Library renovation and plans to rebuild the New Hampshire Avenue Rec Center; passed the Safe Grow ban on cosmetic lawncare pesticide use; enacted 16-year-old voting and voting rights for ex-felons and boosted voter turnout, especially among renters; hired an environmental sustainability manager, created a city food-waste composting program, and passed Maryland’s first ban polystyrene food service ware.

Progressive innovation and community are core Takoma Park values. How would you like to see city government respond and evolve in the coming years? 

Please get in touch to share your thoughts and concerns, at seth@sethgrimes.org or 301-873-8225. Thanks!

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Seth Grimes a a 2017 town hall with Rep Raskin and Sens. Van Hollen and Cardin