About Ted Yates


A 25 year resident of Twinsburg, Ted has dedicated his life to his family and community. Ted was born in Birmingham, Alabama and in 1984 his family moved to Solon, Ohio. During his first week at his new high school, Ted met the love of his life, Sharon. Both Ted and Sharon were active in high school sports and have continued a lifestyle of physical fitness. Ted and Sharon married in 1993 and have three children, Emily, Andrew and Brad. The Yates family currently resides on Darien Lane in the Ledges development off Post Road.

Ted is a dedicated father and husband who keeps his faith as a priority. He cherishes the time he spends with his family. Ted and Sharon, as well as his children, are active cyclists and runners. Ted actively promotes physical fitness in his family and his community. He is a spinning instructor at the Fitness Center and supports Twinsburg’s various running and multi-sport events. Serving the less fortunate is also a priority to Ted. Since 2011, Ted and his family have organized volunteers and served at the Center of Hope in Ravenna.

Ted graduated from Solon High School in 1986 and went on to receive his BA in Accounting from Kent State. While attending Kent State, Ted worked full time for the Cleveland Clinic in their accounting department preparing budgets and reports for department heads. After graduation, Ted started his own business as an insurance agent with State Farm. For thirteen years, Ted was a self-employed business owner. Wanting to further his educational background, Ted went on to complete his Masters in Business Administration and Juris Doctorate from Cleveland State University. In 2005, Ted began transitioning away from the insurance industry to practice law full time.

In 2005, Ted joined a mid-size Cleveland firm where his practice focused on Real Estate and Land Use law. Ted represented regional developers and national corporations in a variety of zoning and land use issues. For his clients, Ted conducted presentations at city planning commission and BZA meetings and assisted clients in establishing relationships with city officials. During this time Ted began serving on Twinsburg’s Parks and Recreation Commission.

In 2009, Ted was appointed Ward 3 Councilman. Wanting to dedicate more time to his Council position and spend more time with his family, Ted joined the Aurora law firm of Christley, Herington & Pierce (“CHP”) in 2010. At CHP, Ted was appointed prosecutor for the City of Aurora and served in that position for three years. Ted continues his real estate practice along with assisting in the representation of several municipalities and school districts. In 2011, the residents of Ward 3 reelected Ted by a considerable margin.

Ted’s fellow councilmen voted him Vice President of Council in 2011 and then President of Council in 2012. Ted has served on the following Committees:

  • Planning Commission
  • Community Relations Board
  • Finance Committee
  • Board of Zoning Appeals
  • Architect Review Board
  • Parks and Recreation Commission
  • Gleneagles Advisory Board
  • Fitness Center Advisory Board
  • Public Works Commission

Ted served on the Comprehensive Plan Review Committee and is advancing the redevelopment of Twinsburg’s downtown retail district as Vice Chair of the Twinsburg Community Improvement Corporation. In the last five years Ted has assisted the City in reducing its expenditures and increasing its economic base. Ted has worked diligently with the Mayor, fellow council members and the Department Heads to keep this City operating lean and efficient without jeopardizing the exceptional services our residents enjoy. Ted’s focus remains on economic development that will broaden the City’s tax base and add jobs. In 2009, following the loss of the Chrysler plant, the residents of Twinsburg passed a 1/4% income tax increase. As promised in 2009, and throughout his 2011 campaign, Ted committed to repealing the tax increase, which was successful in 2013.