Businessman seeks council seat

Adam Yoder

Making his first run for elected office, long-time city resident Adam Yoder has announced his intention to run for the Republican nomination for City Council in the May primary.

Yoder, 32, of 401 Lincoln Ave., is a businessman with background in engineering. He suggests culture fractures are putting the city’s long and rich history to the test. He said these rifts are keeping city government from doing the people’s work and resulting in poorly developed and managed budgets.

“We are the financial and cultural hub of this region,” he said.

Yoder promised to be a transparent campaigner, going door-to-door, showing a presence on social media and attending city events.

“Getting feedback from voters is critical to give elected official a true pulse of what voters are looking for,.” he said. “I think the voters were looking for outside perspective to help push forward ideas,” he said of the recent election results which preserved the strong-mayor, council government.

“Voters looking for options is a reflection of where we’ve come from and once they are able to look and analyze they sent a message fresh perspective is needed.”

“In my career, focused on engineering, operations and sales, I’ve been able to live, see and breathe various aspects of a business,” he said. “I have developed a well-rounded and pragmatic approach with customers. In this case, I will be serving stakeholders of the city.”

A graduate of Pennsylvania College of Technology, earning a bachelor of science degree in 2011, and completing coursework for his master’s degree in business administration this past fall at St. Joseph’s University, Yoder also completed graduate coursework in government and political science at the Johns Hopkins University in Washington, D.C.

Yoder and his wife, Sarah, were married in October 2018 and attend Saint Ann’s Roman Catholic Church on Northway Road. Yoder serves on academic and alumni advisory boards at Pennsylvania College of Technology, as treasurer and a committeeman of the Lycoming County Republican Committee, and as an ambassador to regional economic development organization Focus Central PA.

Yoder and his wife are volunteers with American Rescue Workers of Williamsport.