Yates plans run for commission seat

May 08, 1994|By Mary Gail Hare | Mary Gail Hare,Sun Staff Writer

Response from residents led to his decision to run for Carroll County commissioner, Richard T. Yates said, and he will campaign on a promise to keep the lines of communication open.

"I promise to keep in touch with the voters in random fashion, either by mail, phone or personally, so that their will and not mine shall be the first order of county business," he said in a press release last week.

Initially, Mr. Yates, 69, considered a run for the 5th District House of Delegates seat. But he said residents changed his mind.

The South Carroll Republican sent letters to 1,500 registered voters and asked them to list their concerns. About 5 percent responded.

"Many said they voted for me in 1990 and asked me to run for commissioner again," Mr. Yates said in an interview Friday. "Many felt they were not being represented at the county level."

Mr. Yates ran unsuccessfully in 1990, receiving 14,641 votes and finishing fourth.

"I ran pretty well in all areas of the county," he said. "I would not be only a South Carroll candidate."

He said he decided to oblige those people who encouraged him to seek office again, although he will not file for election until later this month. He has not yet named a treasurer for his campaign.

Mr. Yates joins four other candidates for the seat: incumbents Donald I. Dell and Elmer C. Lippy, Westminster Mayor W. Benjamin Brown and Charles Stull, county supervisor of parole and probation.

He was elected to the Charter Board in 1992, but voted against the proposed charter government.

"I opposed charter because it took the right to pick a county manager away from the people," he said.

Mr. Yates has lived in Eldersburg for 31 years. He is a retired federal employee and a World War II veteran.

He views crime and development as the two greatest challenges the county government must address.

"Voters want stiffer sentences for criminals and more jails," he said.

Until the infrastructure is in place to handle growth, he calls "massive home construction" inappropriate.

"If elected, I shall vote to curtail growth until such time as facilities are adequate to support more growth," he said.

Mr. Yates said he will conduct a door-to-door campaign and plans to telephone constituents he does not visit personally.

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