Rita J. Yantko of New Salem said she wants to bring her 40 years of experience with the United Mine Workers of America to the Fayette County recorder of deeds office.
Yantko said she will seek the Democratic nomination in the May 16 primary for the office.
“I think I can do a fabulous job in that office with progressive budgeting. I have extensive clerical skills and I also have some managerial skills I’ve acquired working with various government agencies and businesses,” Yantko said. “I retired, and I still want to remain active and serve the residents of the county. I thought what better way than to be in a public office.”
She said doesn’t have plans to make any immediate changes in the office, but she gained some insight into how the office operates by shadowing the Greene County recorder of deeds and register of wills, which are combined into one office.
Yankto said she graduated from Uniontown Area Senior High School in 1973 and was appointed to fill a vacancy as majority inspector of election shortly after graduation. After that, she said she was elected to serve as a central committee person. Then, she said, she was elected as a county representative to the state Democratic Committee and was appointed to the bylaws committee.
She said she is still an active committee member and is the judge of elections in the Menallen Township’s voting District 3. Yantko said she began working for UMWA District 4 in 1976 and retired in 2016. She said she started as a receptionist in the district office in Uniontown, became a bookkeeper and secretary and then worked as the administrative assistant for International District 2 Vice President, Edward D. Yankovich Jr. for 19 years.
She said she worked with many local businesses and county, state and federal agencies and assisted Yankovich with the UMWA’s Coal Miners Political Action Committee making numerous contacts with Democrats and Republicans.
Yantko said she is a former member and recording secretary of the Business and Professional Women’s Club of Masontown and past Centerville Clinics board member, a former member of International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 491 in Uniontown.
She said she is a member of the Office and Professional Employees International Union Local 2, an associate member of the UMWA and treasurer of UMWA Local 762. Her campaign office is at 100 S. Mt. Vernon Plaza, Suite 102 in Uniontown.