By James Wright, Special to the AFRO, [email protected]
Maryland Sen. C. Anthony Muse said that he will work to bring development to all parts of Prince George’s County as the next county executive and not just to areas that are considered a priority by the business community for development.
Muse made his remarks April 16 at the “Wards 2 & 5 Meeting” that is co-sponsored by Seat
Pleasant Council members Gloria Sistrunk (Ward 5) and Hope Love (Ward 2) and that took place at the Seat Pleasant Activity Center in Seat Pleasant.
Muse, who is the senior pastor of the Ark of Safety Christian Church in Upper Marlboro and is a Democrat representing District 26 in the Maryland State Senate, told the AFRO he believes that there should be more of an economic emphasis on more established communities in the county.
“I do think that the inner-Beltway municipalities and unincorporated areas should be paid more attention to by the county,” Muse said. “What happens is that [county] resources go up north.”
Municipalities such as Seat Pleasant, Capitol Heights, Fairmount Heights, Cheverly and Forest Heights and the unincorporated areas such as Suitland and District Heights are located within the Capital Beltway and have been in existence longer than places such as Bowie, Mitchellville-Lake Arbor and Fort Washington-Oxon Hill. Studies conducted by the county and the U.S. Census Bureau have shown that outer-Beltway areas tend to be more financially prosperous than those in the Beltway.
Muse said he was willing to work with inner-Beltway municipalities on matters such as seeing that businesses in those areas have easier access to permits and zoning preferences for economic development.
“As county executive, I will build those communities up,” he said.
In the June 26 Democratic Primary, Muse’s more well-known opponents are former U.S. representative Donna Edwards, Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Angela Alsobrooks and former Obama administration Paul Monteiro. The winner of the Democratic primary will face Republican Jerry Mathis in the November 6 general election.
Muse said he supports an elected school board and supports building affordable housing in the county.
“I want to help build and stimulate affordable housing that doesn’t look like junk,” he said. “We want to make sure that what happens in Washington, D.C. doesn’t happen in Prince George’s County.”
Muse is talking about many District of Columbia residents leaving the city because of high housing costs. He also said that upgrading the county’s senior services agency is a priority by establishing a Cabinet-level Office of Senior Affairs.
Sistrunk didn’t outright endorse Muse but spoke highly of him.
“This man belongs in office,” she said choosing her words carefully. “We need to send this man to a Prince George’s County office.”
Edward Burroughs III represents District 8 on the Prince George’s County Board of Education. Burroughs told the AFRO that he interned for Muse and supported him in his quest for the board of education in 2010.
Burroughs said he hopes that his mentor and Edwards can come together for the good of the county.
“Muse and Edwards are the anti-establishment candidates while Alsobrooks is supported by big business and developers,” he said. “We cannot have the anti-establishment candidates fighting each other. I hope one of them will do what is necessary for the sake of Prince George’s County.”