Yunghans announces run for Fredonia trustee

Steven Yunghans spent much of his career in public service first as a volunteer for the public access cable TV station and member of the Cable Television Advisory Board in Fredonia then as a volunteer firefighter and emergency medical technician in the Fredonia Fire Department, which he continues to do today. As a Democratic candidate for village trustee, he said he will bring that experience as well as the wealth of knowledge gained as a former OBSERVER staff photographer and staff writer to ensure Fredonia has a strong community.

Yunghans will work to ensure village trustees:

¯ Retain and improve the water reservoir and distribution system.

¯ Maintain and improve village streets and sidewalks where ever possible.

¯ Support and improve community safety including fire and police protection to keep in step with modern day threats and responses.

¯ Seek out ways to reduce the cost of maintaining village services and facilities.

¯ Encourage investment in the community through new business, industry and opportunities to build a better community.

¯ And build consensus and collaboration within Village Hall and the community at large to pursue the common goal of a better village.

“I spent nearly 10 years following how Fredonia’s Village Board of Trustees and the Fredonia Central School District Board of Education operated from behind a television camera then another seven behind either a digital camera, a digital audio recorder. During my career with the newspaper, I covered six different municipal governments and two boards of education as a photographer and then as a staff writer,” Yunghans said. “I witnessed how candidates presented themselves and their philosophies, how elected officials handled challenging issues and responsibilities, and how these boards made decisions that would impact their constituencies for years to come. I feel I have a strong foundation for the responsibilities and commitment village trustees make to serve the community and I am looking forward to the opportunity to work with the board of trustees and Mayor Athanasia Landis to ensure Fredonia has a robust and vibrant future ahead.”

Nearly a lifelong resident, Steven Yunghans resides with his wife Erica and their two children, 17-year-old Patrick and 6-year-old Emma on Liberty Street in the village. Yunghans attended Fredonia Central Schools and the Cleveland Institute of Art.