Maryland Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ben Jealous toured a small, minority-owned business in Hyattsville on Wednesday to promote his economic plan for the state.
Jealous had someone to help push it: former primary election rival and Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III.
The alliance may seem unlikely after a rugged and contentious primary battle between the two, but Jealous said the adversarial nature of their campaigns is in the past.
“Sometimes you fight like family, but at the end of it, you’re family,” he said. “The county exec knows how much I respect him and have for a very long time.”
Baker concurred, mentioning how his wife, Christa Beverly, and Jealous worked together on plans to abolish the death penalty.
“His leadership is a personal thing,” Baker said. “Even during the campaign, we talked about ideas in moving the state forward. Different ways of doing it, but … the goal was always the same.”
As for economic development, they listened to Eunique Jones-Gibson explain her business called Dream Village, a shared workspace for entrepreneurs, artists and others to utilize 24 hours a day Monday through Friday. If there aren’t any events inside the two-story building on the weekends, members may use the space to work or just relax in a calm atmosphere.
Visitors to the establishment are greeted by a flight of steps to the second floor and “The Hub,” an open area with chairs, a sofa and a long table equipped with electrical and cellphone outlets.
The most relaxing spot is “The Vibe,” a room draped in black and white spotted wallpaper and two recycling chairs decked with pillows.
Members such as Hyattsville Mayor Candace Hollingsworth, who pays $250 per month, can make coffee or tea in kitchen area situated next to a meeting room.
“It’s a great business and it’s in the arts district,” said Hollingsworth, who visits Dream Village almost daily. “The design is not only relaxing, but the people who come here share a common purpose.”
Jones-Gibson said that was the main goal she envisioned. She spoke of “Feedback Fridays” where members collaborate to discuss the strengths and weaknesses of a particular business plan, project or community proposal. For instance, they sponsored a trip for 300 elementary students to see the movie “Black Panther.”
“Mr. Jealous was here on our opening day when we cut the ribbon,” Jones-Gibson said, adding that 20 people are members of the village. “We’re happy to support and make sure our membership is connected to what’s going on … around Maryland.”
After Jealous visited Dream Village, he traveled to the Eastern Shore in Somerset County for the 42nd annual J. Millard Tawes Crab and Clam Bake. He was scheduled to return to Prince George’s Wednesday evening for a unity rally at the county’s Education Association’s headquarters in Forestville, organized by the county’s Democratic Central Committee.