Meet Evan Yeats, Candidate for ANC 4B01 Commissioner

DCNorthstar has been covering uptown meetings and events for nearly four years. During that time, we have learned a lot about how our local elected officials work. Being an effective representative requires a special collection of skills and talents and an amazing level of dedication.

Residents have the privilege to choose a neighbor to help them understand the intricacies of the vast city government. However, it is not easy to learn about the candidates for these local elections before we step into the voting booth.

As we did last election cycle, we invited all the candidates for Advisory Neighborhood Commissions 4A and 4B representing neighborhoods from North Portal Estates to Riggs Park to send us a video or answer a few questions to share their plans and ideas with the community.

We hope that you enjoy and are informed by this series. This video is with Evan Yeats, candidate for ANC 4B01 commissioner. He currently holds this seat.

See all ANC Candidate Profiles for the 2020 Election Season Here


Evan:

Hi, I’m Evan Yates. I am the commissioner for ANC single-member district 4B01 in Takoma, and I’m running for re-election. This is my son Rainer. And he’s going to help me out with the interview today for DCNorthstar.com. Rainer, what’s your first question?

Rainer:

What is your main priority in your single-member district?

Evan:

I would say the issue I hear the most about, Rainer, is traffic safety. I think people in the neighborhood are very concerned about the long-running practice of our neighborhoods being used as freeways for people from Maryland or other points outside of the neighborhood to get through to downtown.

The honest truth is we have to prioritize the people that live here when we talk about how we want our neighborhoods built, and that means safe spaces for kids like you to bike and to walk and to play and to not feel afraid. Safe spaces for seniors to be able to get across the road in plenty of time, and traffic calming measures to make sure that cars don’t run through our neighborhood at high speed. And when we do that, we also need to provide transportation options like bus and bike lanes, and high-quality Metro transit, to make sure that people have an alternative to the cars that are no longer going through at high speed.

Rainer:

How do you plan to tell the residents of the single-member district about that?

Evan:

I communicate with people in a lot of ways. I go to all sorts of meetings whether it’s PTO meetings or neighborhood association meetings…you know, you’ve had to go to some of these meetings, haven’t you?

I also have an email newsletter that anybody can sign up for by sending me an email evan.yeats@gmail.com. I participate in stuff with local media and I’ve also helped revamp the ANC website. We have a new modern mobile-friendly website that now has all the resolutions up, all of our agendas out. It’s easy to use. You can see videos of our old meetings all in one place, so it’s easier than ever to get ahold of us. And it’s easier than ever to find out what the ANC is up to. I’m really proud of what we done and I hope to keep working on it as we go forward.

Rainer:

Why do you think you’re the best candidate for this position?

Evan:

Why do you think I’m the best candidate to do this? Why should people vote for me?

Rainer:

Because you’re my dad!

Evan:

Okay, that’s fair. I think that there’s a proven track record of accomplishments in 4B01: significant traffic calming along eighth street, finally delivered the intersection reconstruction at Cedar Blair and 4th (Street NW), including making sure that they delivered on the plans for appropriately placed crosswalks for pedestrians. It’s new crosswalks in front of the Takoma Metro station and in front of Coolidge high school that I’ve worked on. It’s being a voice and an advocate for our local schools like Takoma Education Campus and San Miguel International to make sure the children there are safe and that they have what they need. And that there’s transparency and accountability for our schools.

It’s more than that. It’s a voice for transit and transportation. It’s fighting against bus cuts on the 52 and the 54 (bus lines) that we won to make sure that there’s still bus service in our community and that people still can take an express bus downtown, but they also have local options.

Evan:

There’s been a long, strong track record of accomplishments. I’m very proud of my time in office, but there’s still so much to be done, right? And that’s why I hope to get re-elected because we’re going to keep working on it. Does that sound like a pretty good reason?

Rainer:

Yeah!

Evan:

Okay. All right. You’re going to support my campaign? Have anything else you want to add?

Rainer:

I’m gonna use my cuteness to get you more voters.

Rainer:

Oh, you’re going to use your cuteness to get more votes for me? All right. Well, I appreciate it. Can you say thank you and bye?

Rainer:

Bye!

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