Chuck Payne is the son of the late Charles Payne, Sr. and Ruth Payne. He and his sister Angela Payne Chastain and brother Matthew Payne were raised in the small-town life of Riverdale, GA. It was in these formative years as a teen that Chuck began to develop his strong conservative sense, as he witnessed early in life in his home County (Clayton County) what terrible harm comes in the great expansion and growing corruption in government, as well as what terrible harm the excesses and exploits of government can bring upon society.
Chuck Payne served four years (1984-1988) in the Army and the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, NC. It was during this time that he met the love of his life, Angie Sellers, and they were married in January of 1988.
Chuck and Angie returned to Georgia in 1988 and chose Dalton as their home. In that same year, Chuck began his 30-year career of service to troubled youth and their families with the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice. Chuck and Angie purchased their home and began a family. They have two wonderful children, Heather and Chaz Payne. Chuck recently retired from the Department of Juvenile Justice with 30 years of service on Oct 31st of this year.
Chuck has always maintained his affinity for working with youth. In his 30 years with the Department of Juvenile Justice, he has helped countless kids who found themselves on the wrong side of the law, and many give him credit for helping to turn their lives around. Chuck has volunteered to coach little league sports of both boys and girls, having coached basketball, softball, baseball, and football over the course of many years.
Chuck’s life has been consistent, as he’s always sought to “Be the Difference” in the lives of others, and to encourage others to “Be the Difference,” as well.
Chuck has also been very involved in civic efforts over the past 26 years. He has served as Chairman of the Whitfield County Republican Party throughout the years of 1997-2005 and 2013-2016. Chuck was also elected among his peers to serve as Vice-Chair of both the GA-9th Congressional District Republican Party (2009) and the GA-14th District Republican Party (2010-2013). Throughout his twenty-six years of volunteer effort, “Principle above politics” has remained the focus of his efforts in building consensus of conservative ideals and principle across North Georgia.