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Candidate: Roads are top priority

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Democrat Roger LaPlante, originally from Marion County, is running for Clay County Council At-Large in the upcoming Primary election.

When asked what compelled him to run, LaPlante answered, "Roads, roads, roads. It's the horrible roads in Clay County."

As a veteran, LaPlante said he saw better road conditions while serving in Iraq, and his main platform is to better the road conditions in the county.

Another issue LaPlante is concerned about is local government corruption.

"There's so much cronyism going on (in Clay County)," he said. "I have no contacts in the county, so I don't have family to give jobs to."

LaPlante also wants to work for veterans' rights and property rights.

"I'm a veterans' rights activist," LaPlante, who is a disabled veteran, said. "I'd like to see a lot more being done in regards to county veterans."

After medically retiring from the military, LaPlante moved to Clay County in 2006.

"I think I would be a good asset to the county because of my experience traveling the world with the military for over 20 years," he said.

LaPlante said he thinks Clay County has "big problems" between the county and Brazil city government.

"There's no communication," he said. "They need to get together and have more compromise." He also said the county needs more open communication with the public, as well as better infrastructure.

"With my engineering background with the military, I think I'd be an asset," he said. "And our schools definitely need attention; they need more transparency."

LaPlante, who is married with two children, said, "I'm really looking forward to helping the community."