The Johnstonian News has posted their profile article on me in today’s edition. Here is the link and the text of the article in case you are not a subscriber. He got the wrong information on the “native of…” part. I was born there and was only there for the first six months of life. Both of my parents were from New Hampshire and they were staying in FL at the time. The only attachment I have to Jacksonville is that it appears on my birth certificate and I have a cousin that still lives there. I grew up in New Hampshire, went to school there, and moved to NC in 1988 when I took a job at NCSU.
SELMA — This country has many layers of government — town, county, state, federal.
Selma Town Council candidate Troy LaPlante thinks that first level is most important.
“Municipal government is the level of government that affects everyone the most, whether people realize that or not,” he said. “A town can affect the roads you drive; the color of your house; how you use your property; your electricity, water and sewer rates and access; tax rates on the items you buy and the property you own; the public safety protection you receive; your leisure activities; and your quality of life.”
And the municipal level is where LaPlante wants to serve. “I want to ensure that we have a balance of freedom and responsibility in our community and local government,” he said.
Selma’s challenges are common to many small towns in North Carolina, LaPlante said. “We have a challenge ahead with town infrastructure for water, sewer and facilities that need to be addressed,” he said. “We also have issues with setting priorities on what we spend our tax dollars on while maintaining our commitments to public safety.” LaPlante knows where he would start. “First, we need to commit to fixing the issues we have had for decades,” he said. “We have crumbling sewer lines that are over a century old, and (we) have to turn away development because of inadequate water and sewer availability. We need to maintain and replace existing lines as well as prepare for future expansion if we are going to grow as a town.”
“These are things we should have been doing years ago,” LaPlante said. “Along with that, we need to stop spending money on things that are ‘nice ideas’ but just cannot be a priority for the town.”
About Troy LaPlante
Age: 53, a native of Jacksonville, Florida.
Education: 1986 graduate of Franklin High School, Franklin, New Hampshire; 1988 graduate of New Hampshire Vocational Technical College with a degree in fire protection.
Occupation: engineer with Spectrum Reach, the advertising