Joe Vaughn has announced he will seek the District 18 legislative seat in the 2014 election currently held by Senator Scott Lautenbaugh, who cannot run for re-election due to term limits.
Vaughn a chef by trade has begun going door to door speaking with voters in his district. “I desire to engage the voters one-on-one, so until the primary in May I will personally canvass the district in its entirety.”
When asked why he decided to run for public office Vaughn said, “If elected I will be a voice for the working class in my district and the whole of Nebraska.” “In every election there are lawyers, career politicians, and wealthy individuals running for office that are excessively out of touch with the lives and struggles of the working class in Nebraska. In light of this vast divide, how could they honestly represent the public effectively?”
Vaughn said the main issue of his campaign is dealing with the influence of money in our elections. “Our elections should not be decided simply by the candidate that can raise the most funds. We have created politicians that answer to special interest groups and big money first and the voters they represent second.” Other issues of his campaign include investment in Nebraska’s infrastructure, more support for Nebraska’s teachers, and establishing an independent commission for redistricting of congressional and legislative districts in Nebraska.