Dear Neighbor,

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I’m running for Mayor of Takoma Park. I would be honored to earn your vote.

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

I’ve had hundreds of conversations with residents and businesses, both in recent years and during my two Takoma Park City Council terms. I have learned so much. I’ll digress to say that I’d love for you to share your thoughts and concerns with me now, at or 301-873-8225.

My priorities for Takoma Park?

  • Enhancing our Shared Sense of Community: Ensuring that everyone lives with dignity and that housing, food security, and safety needs are met.
  • Climate Action: Innovative local work is essential in meeting a global challenge.
  • Improving Housing, Recreation & Public Spaces: Investment that builds community.
  • Ensuring Open, Effective, Inclusive City Government: Government that respects and responds to residents’ concerns.

During my time on the council, we initiated plans to rebuild the New Hampshire Avenue Rec Center and the Library renovation, passed the Safe Grow ban on lawncare pesticide use, enacted 16-year-old voting and other voting reforms, created a city food-waste composting program, and much more. I’m proud to have played a lead role in each of these initiatives. And we did all this while limiting the cumulative property-tax increase to half the inflation rate!

Learn more about my background and positions at, and please do get in touch — I’m at and 301-873-8225 — although I do plan to do A LOT of outreach. I want to understand every resident’s concerns and priorities, across all six city wards.

I need your help in this race.

If you’re on board, please use my sign-on form to let me know that you’d like a yard sign, will (co-)host a house party, or would like to help in some other way.

Thanks so much and best wishes,

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Seth Grimes at a 2017 immigration protest at the White HouseSeth at a 2017 immigration protest at the White House