A city attorney and father of four, Yunits unseated a sitting incumbent in 1995, sweeping all of the city's 28 precincts. He was re-elected in 1997, 1999, 2001, and 2003, becoming the city's longest-serving mayor and the first in the city's history to be elected to five terms.
Yunits was able to bring both business and civic leaders together for a number of exciting new developments including the construction of Campanelli Stadium and the Shaw's Center. He profoundly influenced the landscape of Brockton by providing an atmosphere of cooperation and understanding to the myriad and complex problems that confront an older urban area. Under his leadership and guidance, dozens of new businesses moved to the city - creating and maintaining over 2500 jobs - and he continually supported the arts and the effort to beautify the downtown.
During his tenure, the city's real estate value increased by over $3 billion in total value and the median price of a single family home rose from $81,500 in 1995 to over $234,000 in 2004. Nearly 38 miles of Brockton roads were either resurfaced or improved through water and sewer infrastructure upgrades. Brockton built three new schools, and the public school system was recognized by the State's Department of Education for excellence in MCAS performance.
Yunits chose not to run for re-election in 2005, and was followed by James Harington.
- Baker, Ed. Ex-Brockton mayor, Kingston administrator seek base CEO job. Weymouth News. December 23, 2008.