Iraq War veteran and public school teacher Roy Vaughn announced his candidacy for Arkansas House of Representatives District 81, a newly drawn house seat that contains portions of Alexander, Bryant, and Shannon Hills in Saline County. The area, which has been represented by four separate House seats for the last decade, has been redrawn to be an open seat with no sitting incumbents. Vaughn will run as a Democrat with no primary opponent, setting up a general election contest with the winner of the Republican Primary on May 24th.
“I know what it’s like to serve a community and to fight for something,” said Roy Vaughn. “I’m a public school teacher, an Iraq War veteran, and a lifelong Arkansan. I’m running for State Representative because I see a bright future for Alexander, Bryant, and Shannon Hills, and I am going to fight to uplift all of our families.
“If my students learn one thing from my classes, it’s that you must always seek the truth. The truth is, we need change. For far too long, many Arkansans have been neglected, especially in our veterans services, public education, and health systems.
“As a veteran, I have seen too many of my fellow soldiers fall victim to mental health issues. Even with the right resources, recovering from military related trauma is an uphill battle. For those veterans who live outside of major towns and cities, the barriers to adequate mental healthcare are often too large to overcome. As State Representative, it will be my top priority to bridge this rural – urban gap.
“One of the greatest strengths of our part of Arkansas are our incredible public schools. I’ve had the opportunity to teach many fine kids in my time as an educator, and I know how vitally important our public schools are. We’ve seen tremendous growth in this area, and much of that is families moving in so they can send their kids to our schools. I want to bolster our education system by increasing our standards and making sure that 100% of our education funding goes into our public schools.”
Roy Vaughn is a veteran, teacher, and photographer who lives in Alexander, Saline County. A lifelong Arkansan, Vaughn served with the Army National Guard in Operation Iraqi Freedom, earning the Combat Medic Badge for treating service members who came under rocket attack in Taji, Iraq. Vaughn has worked as a public educator for nearly two decades, starting his career in his hometown of Warren, Bradley County. He has worked in the Little Rock School district since 2008, receiving the honor of McClellan High School Teacher of the Year in 2013. He is currently a Journalism and Photography teacher at Little Rock Central High School. Additionally, he owns his own photography business, Revolutionary Photography, Inc. He holds a B.A. in speech communications and an M.A. in education from the University of Arkansas in Monticello, and is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity.
The Primary Election will be held May 24, 2022. See below for other 2022 campaign announcements.