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Johnson's seat at stake in Congress District 4

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LAWRENCEVILLE -- The race for U.S. Congress District 4 pits a three-term congressman from DeKalb County against a pastor from Gwinnett.

District 4 is based in DeKalb County but includes portions of Lilburn and Norcross. U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA) is being challenged there by republican J. Chris Vaughn.

Prior to his three terms in Washington, D.C., Johnson served as a DeKalb County Commissioner and DeKalb Magistrate Court Judge. In describing his political philosophy, Johnson, 58, called himself a "champion of fairness for working families."

"I have introduced, cosponsored and passed legislation to level the playing field and create opportunity," he said. "I have consistently supported legislation to ensure everyone has access to employment opportunities and affordable healthcare. I have championed consumer protection, education, civil liberties and public safety."

Johnson's top focuses in office would boil down to jobs and the economy, he said. He'll continue to support President Obama's Jobs Act, and his own legislation -- the Help Entrepreneurs Act, which he said cuts taxes for entrepreneurs; and the Small Business Fairness and Transparency Act, which he said levels the playing field for local small businesses competing for federal contracts.

"I have a record of effective public service," he said. "I can ask voters to support me based on that record."

Johnson and his wife, Mereda, have two grown children.

Vaughn, 46, is a senior pastor at Grace Summit Church. He has leadership experience as secretary and treasurer of Meadowbrook homeowner's association, he said.

Vaughn champions a small government approach.

"Government is best when it is smallest and closest to the people," he said. "The federal government is taking too strong of a role in the daily lives of individuals and businesses. I will work to see the excessive taxes, regulations and spending reduced and taken off the backs of the middle class and businesses."

A resident of the 4th Congressional District for more than a decade, Vaughn said he understands the hardships facing families of Rockdale, DeKalb, Newton and Gwinnett counties. He's been involved with faith-based groups and churches for 25 years, he said.

As for goals, Vaughn's focus also turns to jobs creation and the economy.

"Congress needs to work to see long-term tax reform, so that stability can come to the economic markets and businesses, along with long-term debt reduction to secure our nation's financial future," he said.

Vaughn and his wife, Lisa, have three children, ages 21, 18 and 13

Candidate bios and questions

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Chris Vaughn

J. Chris Vaughn

Office: U.S. House of Representatives

District: 4

Party: Republican

Age: 46

Occupation: Senior Pastor at Grace Summit Church

Political Experience: Secretary/Treasurer of Meadowbrook HOA

Family: Wife Lisa; children Sarah Beth, 21, Molly, 18, and Luke, 13

What is your political philosophy and how will it drive your role in office?

Government is best when it is smallest and closest to the people. The federal government is taking too strong of a role in the daily lives of individuals and businesses. I will work to see the excessive taxes, regulations and spending reduced and taken off the backs of the middle class and businesses.

Name your top goal or issue you want to tackle.

Working to see our economy turn around and jobs created. Congress needs to work to see long term tax reform so that stability can come to the economic markets, and business; along with long term debt reduction to secure our nation’s financial future.

What sets you apart from your competitor?

Having lived in the 4th District going on 11 years now, I understand the hardships facing the families of Rockdale, DeKalb, Newton and Gwinnett. As a person who has been involved in church and faith-based communities for 25-plus years, I’m committed to helping people at the point of their need, and working for solutions.


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Hank Johnson

Henry C. “Hank” Johnson (i)

Office: U.S. House of Representatives

District: 4

Party: Democrat

Age: 58

Education: Undergraduate, Clark College; Law degree, Thurgood Marshall School of Law, Texas Southern University

Occupation: Congressman

Political Experience: Congressman, Georgia’s Fourth Congressional District, 2007-present; DeKalb County Commissioner, Fifth District, 2001-2006; DeKalb County Magistrate Court Judge, 1989-2000.

Family: Wife, Mereda; two grown children

What is your political philosophy, and how will it drive your role in office?

As a champion of fairness for working families, I have introduced, co-sponsored and passed legislation to level the playing field and create opportunity. I have consistently supported legislation to ensure everyone has access to employment opportunities and affordable healthcare. I have championed consumer protection, education, civil liberties and public safety.

Name your top goal or issue you want to tackle.

Jobs and the economy: I will continue to support President Obama’s Jobs Act, but also my legislation — the Help Entrepreneurs Act, which cuts taxes for entrepreneurs and the Small Business Fairness and Transparency Act, which levels the playing field for local small businesses competing for federal contracts.

What sets you apart from your competitor?

I have a record of effective public service. I can ask voters to support me based on that record. I am proud of my work on the Armed Services and Judiciary committees, as well as my record in support of the common defense and general welfare — and excellent constituent services.

Comments

Award88 1 year, 9 months ago

Hey Johnson, is Guam still going to tip over and capsize?

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Cleanupguy 1 year, 9 months ago

Is that all ya got? How about something intelligent and useful for a change of pace - like WHY the other guy? If that had been asked during the Dubyah years, the Mission Accomplished guy would never have been re-elected.

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MissDaisyCook 1 year, 9 months ago

When the current "guy" believes an island will tip over if all the people are on one side, don't need anything else.

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Cleanupguy 1 year, 9 months ago

Again I ask - any particular reason to vote for the other guy, or just stupid out of context negativeisms? Google "The 50 Dumbest Bush Quotes of All Time" or is that different somehow?

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R 1 year, 9 months ago

How much MORE do you really need??

This is a democrat that was absolutely RIPPED on Jon Stewart's Daily Show and this comment makes Honey Boo Boo appear sophisticated!

He has a plus side though,

He makes Nancy "Let's pass it to find out what's in it" Pelosi appear brilliant...

A summa cum laude graduate of the Joe Biden School of Communication.

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DavidBrown 1 year, 9 months ago

District 4 also now includes my portion of Snellville. I was ecstatic when I was moved into Congressman Johnson's district and out of Congressman Woodall's district. I will be voting for Congressman Johnson on Tuesday.

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Oliver 1 year, 9 months ago

With all due respect DavidBrown, the 4th District does not belong to Congressman Johnson, it belongs to the people of the 4th District. It is not "Congressman Johnson's district".

And you'll want to make sure you get to the polls on Tuesday. I was not estatic when redistricting moved me out of the 7th District and into the 4th District. I have already voted and I did not vote for Congressman Johnson.

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NewsReader 1 year, 9 months ago

LMAO, between Cleanupguy and DavidBrown, it's no wonder this imbecile, Hank "Guam is gonna tip over" Johnson keeps getting reelected! Elections have consequences! Your district deserves Hank Johnson. You people are beyond stupid!

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Cleanupguy 1 year, 9 months ago

Again, the power of the persuasive positive intellectual arguments for the other candidate are underwhelming. Insults are the clearest sign of a nonexistent argument. Sad, but apparently we have found the root of the problem.

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