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.
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.