Yeatman enters County Council race
Wednesday, 11 December 2013 12:40

Brings total of Democrats in race to four

by Ben Boehl

    The Democratic primary field in the 7th District Baltimore County Council contest last week grew to four, as County Seal Democratic Club president Ron Yeatman filed on Dec. 3 to enter the race. Yeatman is a resident of Edgemere and said he thinks he would be a good representative because he knows the political system and has a background of operating his own business.
    Yeatman is currently an employee of the Maryland Environmental Service.
    “I’m a center-of-the-road Democrat,” Yeatman said. “I know how the system works, and I have 15 years experience of running my construction business.”
    The race for the local council seat was thrown wide open after incumbent Councilman John Olszewski Sr. announced he would not seek re-election in 2014 after 16 years in office.
    Todd Crandell is the only Republican candidate to file, but the Democratic field is growing, with Yeatman joining Greater Dundalk Community Council (GDCC) president Scott Holupka, Essex resident and president of the Essex-Middle River Renaissance Corporation Joe DiCara,  and New 7th Democratic Club president C.O. “Bud” Staigerwald.

Yeatman has been president of the Country Seal club for 15 years  and said he is not concerned about there being too many other candidates.
    “It really does not matter to me. It comes down to who people believe will do the best job,” Yeatman said. “The other fellows have not been around the club for that long.”
    Yeatman added that he knows the problems of the 7th District and the critical issues in the region such as jobs.
    “The first thing on my list is Coke Point [at the former Sparrows Point steel mill site]. That is a must. We have to get it for the Port of Baltimore,” Yeatman said.
    “We have jobs that pay $8 to $10 an hour. That is nothing compared to the type of jobs we could get down there,” he said, referring to the port administration’s stated interest in building an auto terminal at the Coke Point site.
    Yeatman said he understands the frustration that people feel regarding the demise of the steel mill, noting that he worked at Sparrows Point before he started his construction company. However, he said, it is time for the community to move into another direction.
    “We are going to (have to deal) with this closing. Bethlehem Steel is gone and it is not coming back.”