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Kevin Ward, gay Hyattsville mayor, dies from “self-inflicted gunshot wound”
resignation of Mayor Candace Hollingsworth, and was elected mayor in his own right in May 2o21.Ward is remembered as someone who loved Hyattsville, referring to the city in campaign statements as the “jewel in the crown of Prince George’s County.” His major political accomplishments including co-sponsoring legislation to designate Hyattsville a “sanctuary city,” expanding civic engagement, and working to ensure Hyattsville Middle School remained a construction priority, reports The Washington Post.Ward was mourned by colleagues and lawmakers across the state — many of whom were shocked by his death — who characterized him as a dedicated public servant.Gov. Larry Hogan (R) tweeted that he and First Lady Yumi Hogan were “saddened” to learn of Ward’s passing.“We extend our most heartfelt condolences to the Ward family and the people of Hyattsville as they grieve this tragic loss,” he said.Congressman Anthony Brown (D-Md.), who represents Maryland’s 4th Congressional District, including Hyattsville, also issued his condolences to Ward’s family and city residents in a tweet, calling Ward a “dedicated, thoughtful and fiercely passionate public servant.”“[Ward] was a wonderful partner in serving the needs of all our residents, and he accomplished so much for Hyattsville during his time as a Councilmember and his time as Mayor,” Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks said in a statement.
Maryland is a state in the Mid-Atlantic region of the Eastern United States, bordering Virginia, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia to its south and west; Pennsylvania to its north; and Delaware and the Atlantic Ocean to its east. The state's largest city is Baltimore, and its capital is Annapolis. Among its occasional nicknames are Old Line State, the Free State, and the Chesapeake Bay State. It is named after the English queen Henrietta Maria, known in England as Queen Mary, who was the wife of King Charles I.
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