City councilmember hospitalized

Terry Seamens at November 2013 city council swearing-in ceremony.

Takoma Park City Councilmember Terry Seamens had bypass surgery May 15 at Takoma Park’s Washington Adventist Hospital, where he is now recovering.

“Terry is doing very well,” said Councilmember Seth Grimes in an email, passing news on from Seamens’ wife Joyce. She and Terry are very appreciative of the support they’ve had from community friends, according to Grimes.

Grimes says Seamens told him he is “feeling great” and could be released as early as today, May 18, but he will likely not be present for the May 19 city council meeting.

Terry Seamens was first elected Ward 4 councilmember in 1999. He won every election since except for the 2001-2003 term when he unsuccessful ran for mayor. The most recent election was November 2013, marking the start of Seamens’ seventh term. Located in the heart of the city, Ward 4 is geographically small, but has a large population of high-rise apartment dwellers—many of them low to moderate income. Seamens regularly gets constituent praise for his humility and service, especially to the poor and disadvantaged.


Seamens at left during March 5, 2014, city council forum.

Seamens and his wife Joyce moved to Takoma Park in 1983. Both have been involved in community work since. Both volunteer with the SHARE Food Network, for example. Joyce Seamens won the 2012 Azalea Award for her volunteerism. Terry Seamens is a Adventist Community Service of Greater Washington’s board of directors member, works with the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments Human Services and is a member of Sligo Baptist Church.

Seamens is a co-owner of Skipjack Real Estate, Inc. and is president of Responsible Earthlings, Inc.

Photos by Bill Brown

1 Comment on "City councilmember hospitalized"

  1. Hang in there Terry. We’re praying you’ll be ok.

    God bless you for all the good work you do.

    Alan & Dagmar

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