Michael Yantachka

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Michael Yantachka
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Vermont House of Representatives, Chittenden 4-1
Incumbent
In office
2011 - Present
Term ends
January 7, 2015
Years in position 3
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$660.06/week
Per diem$107/day (non-commuter)
$61/day (commuter)
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Michael I. Yantachka is a Democratic member of the Vermont House of Representatives, representing Chittenden 4-1. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010.

Biography

Yantachka earned a B.S. in mathematics from King's College and an M.S. in mathematics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Yantachka is a retired computer specialist. He spent the bulk of his career with IBM, and now works seasonally as a tax specialist with H&R Block. He has been a Justice of the Peace since 1993, and served on the Charlotte Central School Board from 1998-2003. He has chaired the Charlotte Democratic Committee and the Chittenden County Democratic Committee.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Yantachka served on the following committees:

Vermont Committee Assignments, 2013
Natural Resources and Energy

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Yantachka served on these committees:

Issues

Campaign themes

2014

Yantachka's website highlights the following campaign themes:[1]

  • Taxes and Expenditures
Excerpt: "The bottom line is that sufficient revenue must be generated to meet the requirements of effective government. The only way to achieve greater revenues is to have a healthy economy. Prosperity increases the ability of each of us to contribute our share to the tax pool. Taxation should not create an undue burden on any one group compared to another, so we need to distribute the burden using a variety of sources, including income taxes, property taxes, sales and use taxes, and specialty taxes like those on alcohol, tobacco and gasoline."[2]
  • The Economy
Excerpt: "The best thing that Vermont has going for it is that it is a great place to live. Many residents of Vermont telecommute to jobs in Boston, New York and elsewhere simply because they want to live in Vermont. We can improve the opportunities for working remotely in Vermont by improving our broadband infrastructure. High-speed internet access is a requirement for this type of potential. It will also improve the ability of Vermont-based companies to do business online."[3]
  • Energy
Excerpt: "One thing is certain when it comes to developing an energy policy: we must reduce our dependency on oil and other fossil fuels. The reasons for doing so are global climate change, which is directly linked to the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere, and "peak oil", which means that the amount of oil available worldwide has reached a maximum and will only decline in the future."[4]
  • Healthcare
Excerpt: "Healthcare costs, however, continue to rise and it will be important for us to get a handle on controlling them. Universal healthcare is one way to bring the hidden costs of uninsured emergency room visits into the open. A larger insurance pool will also mean that care can be concentrated on prevention rather than addressing complications due to lack of early treatment. Pharmaceutical costs can be mitigated by working with our neighboring states to negotiate lower drug prices."[5]
  • Agriculture
Excerpt: "The state of Vermont can support family farming by facilitating regional partnerships spanning state borders to counter the leverage enjoyed by major milk processors, and by providing low cost loans for local value-add production facilities."[6]

2012

From Yantachka's website:[7]

I will continue working to:

  • protect our environment by supporting clean air and water standards
  • support a high quality public education system
  • provide universal access to affordable health care
  • support sustainable family farms and forest management
  • encourage a strong, entrepreneurial business climate
  • ensure effective public safety and consumer protection practices
  • maintain a solid energy, transportation and communications infrastructure

Elections

2014

See also: Vermont House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Vermont House of Representatives will take place in 2014. A primary election took place August 26, 2014. The general election will be held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was June 12, 2014. Incumbent Michael Yantachka was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Ed Stone was unopposed in the Republican primary.[8][9][10][11] Both were successful in their respective primaries, and will now face off in the general election come November.[12]

2012

See also: Vermont House of Representatives elections, 2012

Yantachka won re-election in the 2012 election for Vermont House of Representatives Chittenden 4-1. Yantachka was unopposed in the August 28 Democratic primary and defeated Ed Stone (R) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[13]

Vermont House of Representatives, Chittenden 4-1 District, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMichael Yantachka Incumbent 62.5% 1,463
     Republican Ed Stone 37.5% 877
Total Votes 2,340

2010

See also: Vermont House of Representatives elections, 2010

Michael Yantachka ran for the Vermont House of Representatives Chittenden 1-2 in 2010. He defeated Mike Kurt and Charles Russell in the Democratic primary on August 24, 2010. He defeated Ed Stone (R) in the November 2, 2010 general election.[13]

Vermont House of Representatives, Chittenden 1-2 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Michael Yantachka (D) 956
Ed Stone (R) 639
Robert Reid (I) 459

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Yantachka is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Yantachka raised a total of $3,633 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 21, 2013.[14]

Michael Yantachka's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Vermont State House, District Chittenden-4-1 Won $956
2010 Vermont State House, District Chittenden-4-1 Won $2,677
Grand Total Raised $3,633

2012

Yantachka won re-election to the Vermont House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Yantachka raised a total of $956.
Vermont House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Michael Yantachka's campaign in 2012
Blittersdorf, David C$200
Contributions By Candidate Or Immediate Family$100
Contributions By Candidate Or Immediate Family$90
Total Raised in 2012$956
Source:Follow the Money

2010

In 2010, a year in which Yantachka was up for re-election, he collected $2,677 in donations.[15]

His largest contributors in 2010 were:

Vermont House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Michael Yantachka's campaign in 2010
Wilson, Michael$724
Blittersdorf, David C$250
Berkowitz, Jeffrey$250
Vermont Democratic House Campaign$250
Thibault, Elizabeth$150
Total Raised in 2010 $2,677

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2013-2014

In 2013, the Vermont General Assembly was in session from January 9 to May 14. In 2014, the Vermont General Assembly was in session from January 7 to May 10.

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2011-2012

In 2011, the Vermont General Assembly was in session from January 5 through mid May. In 2012, the Vermont General Assembly was in session from January 3 to May 5.

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Voting record

2011-2012

The Ethan Allen Institute, a Vermont-based free-market public policy research and education organization, released its biennial publication, the Vermont Voters' Report Card, for the years 2011-2012. The report showed how Vermont legislators in the state House and state Senate voted on key issues important to the Institute.[16] Here's how Yantachka voted on the selected bills:

Vermont Voters Scorecard, 2011-2012
Health Provider Tax Green Mountain Care Education Taxation Green Mountain Care Property Rate Tax Health Exchange Green Mountain Care Renewable Portfolio CVPS Rebate
N N N Y Y N N Y N

Personal

Yantachka and his wife, Janet, have five children.

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