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Kyle Yelton to file for GOP nomination to 1st District seat on County Council

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Lifetime Dunelander Kyle Yelton has announced his intention to file for the Republican nomination for the 1st District seat on the Porter County Council, representing Pine, Liberty, and Jackson Townships, along with most of Westchester Township and parts of Portage and Center Townships.

The seat is currently held by County Council Member Jim Biggs, R-1st, who as of deadline today has not filed his candidacy for reelection.

In a press release sent to the Chesterton Tribune, Yelton said that he understands, as a homeowner and property taxpayer, the need to diversify and expand the commercial tax base to keep residential property taxes low. He said he wishes to work with the County Board of Commissioners to advance responsible economic development, attract new businesses, and bring new jobs here.

We can resolve Porter County's budget challenges if all county departments work together as a team to make hard choices, and I am committed to working with fellow Council members and the Commissioners to get our finances in order while keeping our taxes low, Yelton said.

A 2006 graduate of Chesterton High School, Yelton was a member of the Trojan football squad, then continued his education and football career at the University of Illinois, graduating in 2009 with a bachelors degree in communications.

Yelton is a financial representative for Northwestern Mutual. He is also a volunteer coach for the CHS football team, participates in Junior Achievement, and is active in the Porter County Young Republican organization.

County Commissioner President John Evans, R-North, voiced his support for Yelton in the press release. Kyle Yelton lives the values that we need in elected officials, Evans said. We need new leaders like Kyle who understand the importance of teamwork. New leaders like Kyle who understand that public service is an honorable way to give back to our County.

Yelton said that he intends to file his candidacy with the Voters Registration office shortly.

The deadline for candidates to file for office is 12 p.m. Friday.




Posted 2/5/2014