Rockdale resident Vaughn announces run for Congress

CONYERS -- Motivational speaker and pastor Chris Vaughn said job creation will be a hallmark of his campaign after he recently announced he was running for the Fourth Congressional district seat.

Vaughn, a resident of the Meadowbrook subdivision in Rockdale County, said he is running as a Republican for the seat currently held by incumbent Congressman Hank Johnson of Decatur. Vaughn said this was his first time seeking public office but felt moved by a higher calling to run. He sought friends and family to tell him no, and said enough people told him he should run.

Vaughn is the lead pastor of The Landing, a nondenominational church in McDonough. He also serves as a chaplain with the Henry County Police Department.

Vaughn, 45, said he wants voters to know that he is just as fiscally conservative as he is socially conservative because he is a pastor. He explained that both points of view affect each other and that he worked with families under stress because of money issues.

"My big three (issues) are rein in the federal budget, and I know everybody says that, grease the skids to encourage business startups and limit some of the federal regulations," he said. "I think those ought to be pre-eminent."

Vaughn said he began public speaking in the ninth grade and gave his first sermon at age 16. He has a background in broadcasting as a radio talk show host in Charlotte, N.C.

Along with his ministry, Vaughn also co-hosts a weekly cable show, "Good Day Southside," on SBN.TV which focuses on community, civic, political, nonprofit, and faith-based organizations, according to his campaign bio. Vaughn said he has worked as a motivational speaker for Chick-fil-A, AT&T and The Billy Graham Association. His topics included leadership, relationships, customer service and organizational commitment.

Vaughn and his wife, Lisa, moved to Rockdale County in 2002. They have three children, Sarah Beth, Molly and Luke.

Vaughn is the first Republican candidate to announce an intention to run for Johnson's seat. Johnson, a three-term Democratic incumbent, has yet to make an announcement on whether he will seek re-election.

The 2012 elections will be the first since reappointment of district lines to reflect the 2010 U.S. Census. The Fourth District shifted east under reappointment and includes all of Rockdale and portions of east DeKalb and west Newton counties.

For more information on the Vaughn campaign, go to www.chrisvaughn.net.