Local advocate Cathy Vaught qualifies for Fayetteville City Council Post 2


Cathy Vaught is officially announcing her candidacy for Fayetteville City Council Post 2.

Cathy firmly believes that making positive changes within the community begins at the local level.

Cathy has resided in both Clayton and Fayette counties for the past 28 years and within the city of Fayetteville for four years. She has witnessed numerous regional changes in population, residential and commercial growth.

Fayetteville Council Post 2 candidate Cathy Vaught. Photo/Submitted.
Fayetteville Council Post 2 candidate Cathy Vaught. Photo/Submitted.

After many years of being a caregiver to two family members came to an end, Cathy began to explore different pursuits in life, to include the political process, which encompassed the national, state, and local level of government.

In Cathy’s opinion, the local level of government is the most important, but also the most neglected and misunderstood by the average citizen in the realm of civic responsibility. When it comes to voting in a stand-alone municipal election, most voters within the precinct will not show up to vote, much less being aware that there is an election taking place.

During the last few years, Cathy has had the chance to observe various levels of local government in action and participate in providing public comments, as well as assisting in local elections. Cathy says it was her privilege last November and December to monitor absentee ballot processing and conduct ballot adjudication during the November 2022 General Election and December run-off.

A few of the issues important to Cathy include:

• A city that supports traditional family life and values.

• A city where businesses, whether large or small, can thrive.

• Intelligent growth with a supportive infrastructure, which does not negatively impact existing neighborhoods and their residents. This includes limiting the construction of townhouses, apartments, and mixed-use developments to counteract any such negative impact.

• Good use of existing commercial spaces and real estate, to include effective and realistic repurposing of vacated structures.

• Retention of as much green space as possible.

• Discouraging the purchase of single-family dwellings solely for use as short-term rental properties. This invites crime.

• Complete support of Fayetteville law enforcement, to include adequate funding, equipping, and training.

After growing up in a military family, Cathy also served in the US Army for 20 years, with assignments in the occupied city of Berlin, Germany, the Republic of Turkey, Fort Hood, Texas, the Pentagon, and the Defense Intelligence Agency. Cathy is also a member of American Legion Post 50.

Active church membership has always been central to Cathy’s Christian faith. Cathy is a member of Courageous Community Church in Tyrone, where she serves in their prayer ministry as well as their Courageous Coalition, a community action group. She holds a conservative, biblical worldview of all things pertaining to government and society. She believes that her various leadership and staff positions held while on active duty have prepared and qualified her for city government.

Cathy sums it up by saying, “The role of city government is to create an effective environment that produces favorable living and working conditions for its citizens. Her goal is to produce that type of environment and consider the long-range impact of every decision.

Cathy can be contacted at vaughtcathryn@gmail.com or on Facebook at Cathy4Fayetteville.

Election Day is November 7, 2023. Early “in person” voting is between Oct. 16 – Nov. 3, 2023. Absentee ballots may now be requested to vote by mail or hand deliver to the Fayette County Board of Elections Office at their new location at 175 Johnson Avenue, Fayetteville, GA 30214.090523_090523