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

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.”


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