Robert J. Yates, 44, a resident of northern Millcreek township, will be running on the Republican ticket for Erie County Council, 1st district.
According to his release:
Yates was born in Erie in 1974, one of six children in a blended family, and grew up in northern Millcreek, only four blocks west of his current residence. He is a lifelong Erie County resident and a graduate of McDowell High school, and earned a bachelor’s degree from Slippery Rock University with a double-major in Communications and Political Science. He later studied professional education at Edinboro University.
He works in the in-home health-care industry, caring for elderly clients with cognitive and physical limitations. He has worked in the human services field for many years, including as a teacher’s aide for autistic and disabled children, and as an educator in elementary and secondary schools. When he was younger, he learned much about the manufacturing industry and small business while working at the family’s extruded plastics shop, Yates Company, in Millcreek.
“As the only candidate who has experience in the fields of manufacturing, education, and health care, I bring a good combination of experience and leadership to effectively represent the constituents I hope to serve,” Yates said.
Mr. Yates has many years of voluntary service and leadership experience in several large organizations, including four seasons as Volunteer Coordinator for the Erie Philharmonic, Secretary of the Board of Koinonia of Erie County, and as Site Coordinator for the International Coastal Cleanup in Frontier Park for nine consecutive years. Additionally, he has served in many church laity roles over the years, including the Lakewood Preschool board, Co-Chair of the Staff-Parish Relations committee, Church Council, and Delegate to Annual Conference.
In 2017, Yates was the Republican nominee for Erie County Council, garnering 42% of the vote in the general election. He became a registered voter in Erie County at age 18, and has faithfully voted in every primary and general election for over 20 years.
The campaign platform can be summarized as 1) opposition to continual and unnecessary property tax increases to balance the county budget, 2) finding better purposes or usefulness for county assets such as Pleasant Ridge East rather than demolition, as well as more airline routes and improved service at the airport, 3) advocating for increased focus and cooperation in economic development, attracting new businesses, and job growth locally and, 4) restoring trust and confidence among citizens in the responsiveness of county officials and cooperation among state, municipal, and county governments.
“We can’t keep balancing the county budget with continual property tax increases every other year, when it’s certainly avoidable. Most of the people I know are living paycheck to paycheck, nearing retirement, or are retired and a on a fixed income,” Yates said, when discussing one element of the campaign platform. “The best way to restore citizen confidence in county government is by electing some fresh faces and new leadership for the coming decade of the 2020’s.”
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