Vaughn is the latest attorney to run for a seat in the 19th Judicial District's Court of Common Pleas

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Local law-firm owner Peter Vaughn in running for a seat in the York County Court of Common Pleas.

Vaughn, 42, is an attorney at the Vaughn Law Firm on Beaver Street in York, which he purchased from his father in 2015. He is a York City native and a graduate of William Penn Senior High School. Vaughn is running as a Republican.

Vaughn said  he is running because he wants to positively affect more people than he can in his private practice.

“I think that I’d have a larger impact on the community that I grew up in. I love York,” he said. “This is my home.”

Vaughn attended college in Virginia before transferring to Penn State University, where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in geography in 2000.

“I was a kid that grew up in the legal community,” Vaughn said. “I always had an interest in it, but I wanted to explore other things in school.”

Background: He returned to York City and taught Spanish at William Penn before enrolling at Widener University Law School the following year, according to his campaign website, votevaughnforjudge.com. He worked at the York County District Attorney's Office for several years before joining his father’s law firm in 2008.

“Going to city schools and having hundreds of family cases, I’ve been exposed to some difficult family (matters),” Vaughn said. “I have no problem being closely connected to people in those situations.”

Vaughn, a married father of five, said his approach to many aspects of his life will work well as a judge.

“I think my colleagues appreciate my temperament and open-mindedness, which I think is an asset for someone on the bench,” he said.

The primary for open seats in the Court of Common Pleas is May 16.

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