Election 2014 | Vaught wins Horry Council District 8 seat

vaughtCONWAY — Republican Johnny Vaught captured the Horry County Council District 8 seat Tuesday night over Independent candidate Krystal Dotson.

Vaught recorded 78 percent of votes, while Dotson received 22 percent, according to unofficial results.

Dotson handed in her petition to run as an Independent on the last day to file, and Vaught said he couldn’t sit back despite defeating primary opponents Candace Howell and Daniel Cochran to secure the Republican nomination.

“I never changed the game plan when I went into the general election that worked in the primary. We didn’t know how much of an effort was going to be out there by the opposition. We ran just like we were behind.”

Vaught is a retired college professor and Navy veteran. He credited his win primarily to walking throughout the district and talking to people.

“One of the things I want to address is the need for fire station coverage on S.C. 544,” Vaught said Tuesday night.

He said he plans to work on addressing the issue of fire insurance rates rising along S.C. 544. The increase is because of a change in the fire risk rating system.

He also hopes to get the inbound U.S. 501 lane widened on a quicker pace than the planned 2018 schedule.

Vaught has attended just about every full County Council meeting and every committee meeting since January and he’s well versed in the majority of the county’s issues.

“We’ve got that biker issue that we’re going to have to deal with, too,” he said of the county working with area cities on Atlantic Beach’s Bikefest.

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Local Leaders Support Johnny Vaught for Horry County Council

October 31, 2014
For Immediate Release
Contact: Johnny Vaught
Phone: (843) 602-5241
Email: VoteForVaught@gmail.com
Website: VoteForVaught.com

Local Leaders Support Johnny Vaught for Horry County Council

Conway – Today, Johnny Vaught, candidate for Horry County Council District 8 announced a number of endorsements he has received from leaders in and around District 8. Vaught had this to say… “I’m humbled to have the support of local state leaders like Heather Ammons Crawford and Kevin Hardee both of whom represent portions of District 8. I’m also honored to have received the endorsement of District 8’s resident school board member, John Poston. I know that by working in concert with these local leaders and others we’ll be able to enhance the quality of life for residents in District 8.”

Resident school board member, John Poston commented: “I believe Johnny Vaught is the right candidate for District 8. Johnny understands our district, our county, and our community. I have supported Johnny’s candidacy from his first announcement, and will be at the Coastal Carolina Precinct on Tuesday November 4th to elect him to the Horry County Council.”

Rep. Heather Ammons Crawford said “Johnny Vaught has been involved in District 8 for quite some time now, I think he has a firm grasp of the issues, genuinely cares about the community and will serve our county well. I’m optimistic about his candidacy and believe he’s the perfect fit for District 8.”

Rep. Kevin Hardee followed by saying “Johnny Vaught was my instructor, when I was a student at HGTC, in 1986. He was a great teacher, and he will be a great county councilman for the citizens of District 8. He has my full support.”

John Poston is District 8’s resident school board member, which includes East Conway, the Highway 501 and 544 corridors and Forestbrook. Heather Ammons Crawford represents the greater Socastee area, Forestbrook and portions of East Conway in the SC House of Representatives and Kevin Hardee, who also represents portions of East Conway, portions of the City of Conway and the Loris area also in the SC House of Representatives.

Johnny Vaught is the current Vice President of the Horry County Higher Education Commission and a member of the Waccamaw Sertoma Club. He is also president of the Atlantic Center POA and the Hut Bible Class. He is a former engineering professor and Department Head at Horry Georgetown Technical College and past President of both the Conway Chamber of Commerce and Waccamaw Sertoma. A member of First United Methodist Church and classic car enthusiast, Vaught lives in Conway with his wife, Margaret Ann, and children, Jonathan, Jeremy, Emily and John Kelly.

Vaught Receives Endorsement from the Fraternal Order of Police, Coastal Carolina Lodge 12

Yesterday, Johnny Vaught received the endorsement of the Fraternal Order of Police, Coastal Carolina Lodge 12, in the upcoming election next week on November 4. Vaught had this to say… “I am humbled to have received their support and will fight every day to ensure they have the necessary tools to get the job done. They are our front line, and I am blessed to have their support in this election. Over the past year, whether from attending countless County Council meetings and learning about the position or visiting with you on your porches and in your homes, a consistent theme emerges: public safety is a huge priority in Horry County.”

Vaught went on to elaborate on the critical role public safety plays in local government. “Unlike much in government these days, public safety is a core government function, which makes our dedication toward improvements paramount for our citizens. Many areas are viewed under the umbrella of public safety, such as ISO fire ratings, crime prevention, investments in tools to help combat crime, and purchasing fire trucks. Know this: I hear the outcry from you about public safety and am fully focused on it. As I’ve said from the beginning of this campaign, when I am on County Council, public safety will always be a top priority of mine.”

Vaught closed with… “Our citizens deserve to feel safe in their community and our Police and Fire Departments deserve good equipment to better do their jobs. We can do better. Our citizens deserve better.”

Understanding Needs of Voters

September 23, 2014
For Immediate Release
Contact: Johnny Vaught
Phone: (843) 602-5241
Email: VoteForVaught@gmail.com
Website: VoteForVaught.com

Johnny Vaught, Republican nominee for Horry County Council District 8, launches general election campaign geared toward meeting and understanding the needs and concerns of voters

Conway – Johnny Vaught officially started his general election campaign today. Building on his efforts from the primary Vaught is looking forward to discussing the issues with voters in District 8. Vaught had this to say, “I’m really excited about getting out there and talking with the voters, especially those I missed during the primary. I believe in listening first and working to earn the vote of the people. That’s what I did in the primary, and I will continue by amplifying those efforts in the general.

Vaught went on to elaborate on the role constituents play in generating ideas. “New ideas are essential to fostering good government and often they originate from the electorate. This is one reason why it’s vital to maintain good reliable constituent service – reaching out to constituents and listening to their concerns directly helps to ensure you remain an effective advocate for people. This is an extremely vital part of public service and is something I’m completely committed to developing in District 8.”

“There are a number of different issues impacting District 8,” Vaught said. “Harkening back to the primary, I received a great deal of feedback on infrastructure, particularly those issues relating to Highway 501, International Drive, the intersection at Carolina Forest Blvd., and increased access to Conway Hospital from Singleton Ridge Road. I also learned there were concerns about both fire insurance rates and public safety in District 8. With so many retirees residing in Horry County we have to be cognizant of their needs and that’s why I’ll work to ensure our first responders always have the tools and training they need to effectively protect the public. I look forward to discussing these topics and others further as we progress into the general election campaign.”

Johnny Vaught is the current Vice President of the Horry County Higher Education Commission and a member of the Waccamaw Sertoma Club. He is also president of the Atlantic Center POA and the Hut Bible Class. He is a former engineering professor and Department Head at Horry Georgetown Technical College and past President of both the Conway Chamber of Commerce and Waccamaw Sertoma. A member of First United Methodist Church and classic car enthusiast, Vaught lives in Conway with his wife, Margaret Ann, and children, Jonathan, Jeremy, Emily and John Kelly.

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SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER JOHN POSTON ENDORSES JOHNNY VAUGHT, CANDIDATE FOR HORRY COUNTY COUNCIL DISTRICT 8

For Immediate Release
Contact: Johnny Vaught
Phone: (843) 602-5241
Email: VoteforVaught@gmail.com
Website: www.VoteforVaught.com

SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER JOHN POSTON ENDORSES JOHNNY VAUGHT, CANDIDATE FOR HORRY COUNTY COUNCIL DISTRICT 8

Johnny Vaught for Horry County CouncilConway – Johnny Vaught, candidate for Horry County Council district 8, received the endorsement from Horry County School Board Member John Poston today.

“County government and the school board are two unique governmental bodies which handle different matters entirely, but there exist a lot of opportunities for cooperation between us. Looking at the race for county council, I believe Johnny Vaught can work well with us. He has the public’s interest at heart and I wholeheartedly support him in his bid for county council.”

“He understands that many of the issues that face our community all tie together in one way or another. For instance, without good jobs here, our best and brightest move elsewhere. Without enough jobs here, crime increases. All issues are not isolated. His life experience and his continuous study of county council meetings make him the best candidate for the job.”

In response to John Poston’s endorsement, Johnny Vaught said the following: “Working together cooperatively allows all in Horry County to tackle the tough issues we face and seize our future here. I thank John for his endorsement and look forward to working with him on the issues facing Horry County. Between road development, crime, job creation and other challenges, we need to roll up our sleeves and get to work.”

With Election Day on June 10, Johnny Vaught states that he “has personally knocked on over 1500 doors since the beginning of this race and will continue do so up until Election Day. It is important that citizens of district 8 and I thoroughly vet the issues together so I can adequately represent them.”

Johnny Vaught is the current Vice President of the Horry County Higher Education Commission and a member of the Waccamaw Sertoma Club. He is also president of the Atlantic Center POA. He is a former engineering professor at Horry Georgetown Technical College and past board member of the Conway Chamber of Commerce. A member of First United Methodist Church and classic car enthusiast, Vaught lives in Conway with his wife, Margaret Ann, and children, Jonathan, Jeremy, Emily and John Kelly.

Johnny Vaught, Carolina This Week, 3/21/2014


Former professor files for open Horry County council seat

Posted: Mar 17, 2014 10:46 PM Updated: Mar 18, 2014 1:45 AM

HORRY COUNTY, S.C. (PRESS RELEASE) – Local educator and engineer Johnny Vaught officially filed his paperwork with the County Election Commission today seeking the Republican nomination for the open district 8 seat on Horry County Council.

“Horry County is facing many challenges right now and bold leadership is needed to confront these issues,” said Johnny Vaught, who regularly attends county council meetings. “For quite some time, I have attended county council meetings to better inform myself of the issues being
addressed by county council. An informed citizenry is essential for good government to exist.”

Vaught discussed open government and transparency as key pillars to Horry County’s future success. “Our community is rich because of its people and we all have an integral role to play in this county’s future. With that being said, having an open government, which fosters collaborative solutions, transparency, and teamwork, is vital for progress on Horry County’s challenges.”

“Our campaign is about promoting economic growth in our area through low taxes and less government regulation. Our campaign is about giving our fire and police departments the tools necessary to keep us safe. Our campaign is about properly planning out and developing our infrastructure needs for the future.”

To address the issues facing Horry County, Vaught highlighted his professional experience. “I’ve been an educator, an engineer, and a small business owner. The skills you learn in those professions are widely different but compliment the role of a county councilman well. A county councilman needs to understand the internal processes of road construction and also how to balance a budget.”

“Ultimately however, this is about the people. I don’t have all the answers nor can I singlehandedly fix everything. We all have to contribute. We all have to work as a team.”

Johnny Vaught is the current Vice President of the Horry County Higher Education Commission and a member of the Waccamaw Sertoma Club. He is a former engineering professor at Horry Georgetown Technical College and past board member of the Conway Chamber of Commerce. A member of First United Methodist Church and classic car enthusiast, Vaught lives in Conway with his wife, Margaret Ann, and two children, Emily and John Kelly.

With Councilman Carl Schwartzkopf not seeking re-election, District 8 will be an open seat. District 8 encompasses portions of Socastee, Carolina Forest, and lower Conway.

link: http://www.wbtw.com/story/24994217/local-horry-county-council-seat

Vaught eyes County’s District 8 seat

Posted: Thursday, February 27, 2014 8:00 am
By KATHY ROPP Kathy.ropp@myhorrynews.com

530e5e68293e1.preview-300A former president of the Conway Chamber of Commerce has been studying the Horry County Council’s hot topics, policies and operating procedures for several months now looking forward to making a run for the District 8 seat being vacated by Carl Schwartzkopf.

John Marion “Johnny” Vaught III, who will run as a Republican, says he believes in minimal government, a government that’s representative of what the people think and want.

“I’m not a politician. I think that’s a good thing. I’m just a total civilian,” he said, adding that all he owes anybody is to be a good neighbor.

Actually, Vaught says, it was his Quail Creek neighbors who pressed him into running because they thought he would make a good councilman.

“I’m very good at getting out and listening to what people think and hearing what they have to say…I intend to vote according to my conscience and their wishes, according to the issues they bring up,” he said.

Vaught became interested in county politics after working with a group of about 40 Quail Creek residents who opposed the recent move to create a special tax district in Quail Creek. The move was soundly defeated.

Vaught believes implementing a new tax district would have taken control of the subdivision away from its residents and put it into the hands of too few people who would have made up an administrative committee.

Vaught believes that neighborhoods with covenants that are too restrictive take away residents’ ability to get to know their neighbors and work out their own problems with them.

Filing opens for Horry County Council and other local races March 17 and remains open through March 30. Filing can be completed at the Horry County Voter Registration and Election Office at 1515 Fourth Ave., Conway. Primaries will be held June 10, with any needed runoffs coming June 24. The General Election is set for Nov. 4.

Vaught isn’t waiting until after the election to school himself on county issues. Since he decided to run, he says he hasn’t missed a county council or committee meeting.

He already sees flow control as hanging around for a while. Airport expansion is something the county will have to deal with this year, along with beach tents. He favors having consistent rules along area beaches to keep from confusing sunbathers.

He also sees the Coast RTA as staying in the forefront because he sees controversy there.

The two bike weeks continue to create a controversy that just won’t go away. Vaught thinks there needs to be a compromise between the policing, economic and public nuisance factors. The bike weeks bring in too much money to ban, he said.

Vaught is a Conway native who worked for 29 years as the head of the Electronics Engineering Technology Department at Horry Georgetown Technical College. Since his retirement from HGTC he has worked as a consultant to Major Machine, Inc.

The 64-year-old Conway High School graduate holds a bachelor’s and a master’s degree, both in electrical engineering from the University of South Carolina.

Vaught is a former president of the S.C. Technical Education Association and the Waccamaw Sertoma Club. He teaches the Hut Bible Class at First United Methodist Church in Conway and is vice president of the Horry County Higher Education Commission.

He is a licensed competition driver with the Sports Car Club of America and lists his other hobbies as NASCAR, gun collecting and classic car restoration.

He is married to Margaret Ann Vaught. They have four children.

Vaught believes serving in public office takes caring, intelligence, a good set of ears ready to listen and common sense.

He says he’s a quick learner and his pre-campaign study of council will have him ready to serve, if he’s elected.

“I’ll be able to hit the ground running…I’m not missing any meetings. I’m taking notes,” he said.

Vaught’s name may sound familiar. He’s the nephew of the late Gen. James Vaught, a Conway native who served in three wars and later in life became a fixture at Horry County Council meetings.

Johnny Vaught said he hopes to continue his uncle’s legacy.

“He was such a voice of the people,” he said, “and a voice of reason.”

Vaught has a website up and working at www.johnnyvaughtforhorrycountycouncil.com.

Before council districts were redrawn, District 8 covered most of the City of Conway. That isn’t the case now. District 8, fairly small landwise, includes both sides of S.C. 544.

It stops at S.C. 90 and, for most of the district, near U.S. 501. On its southside, District 8 goes almost to the Carolina Bays Parkway.

District 7 now covers most of Conway, running all the way from Bull Creek past the Conway/Horry County Airport and out U.S. 701 North almost to S.C. 22.

District maps can be viewed by going to www.horrycounty.org, clicking on the left column on county departments and then scrolling to the Voter Registration and Elections Office.

Longtime Horry County Councilman James Frazier represents District 7, and he doesn’t plan to stop now.

Frazier says he hopes to hold on to his seat in this next election.

He joined with four other incumbents Tuesday to announce their candidacies.

link: http://www.myhorrynews.com/news/local/horry_county/article_eb1bacd6-9f2d-11e3-b9b9-0017a43b2370.html

Former Horry-Georgetown Technical College professor pursuing District 8 seat

Posted: Monday, January 27, 2014 5:50 pm | Updated: 6:20 pm, Mon Jan 27, 2014.
By Charles D. Perry charles.perry@myhorrynews.com

522a29af8cd8d.preview-300A former technical college professor who helped defeat a proposed tax hike last year says he’s running for the District 8 seat on Horry County Council.

Johnny Vaught, 64, said he recently told Horry County Councilman Carl Schwartzkopf that he would be running for Schwartzkopf’s seat. Schwartzkopf, who is in his 11th year on the council, announced Monday that he would not be seeking reelection in the fall.

Vaught said he got the idea for running after spearheading a successful campaign against a proposed special tax district in the Quail Creek community last year.

The push for the district was led by members of the Quail Creek Homeowners Association. They argued that only a third of the residents in the community were paying the $25 annual dues, meaning there wasn’t enough cash to pay for lighting and other features.

But other homeowners, led by Vaught, countered that the extra taxes were unnecessary. In the Aug. 13 referendum, 209 voters opposed the tax district while just 80 supported it.

Although Vaught said his specific platform hasn’t been defined yet, in general he supports a “minimalist government.”

“I believe in people having the power to take care of themselves,” he said.

Vaught spent 33 years in education, many of them teaching electronics engineering at Horry-Georgetown Technical College. He retired several years ago.

Vaught praised Schwartzkopf for his service and applauded him for being willing to turn the seat over to new leadership.

“He’s a great friend of mine,” he said.

Vaught’s name may sound familiar. He’s the nephew of the late Gen. James Vaught, a Conway native who served in three wars and later in life became a fixture at Horry County Council meetings.

Johnny Vaught said he hopes to continue his uncle’s legacy.

“He was such a voice of the people,” he said, “and a voice of reason.”

link: http://www.myhorrynews.com/news/local/conway/article_6837b606-87a5-11e3-9675-001a4bcf6878.html

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