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Selma, North Carolina author files for public office
The filing period for Johnston County, North Carolina municipal elections began on Friday, July 06, 2007. One Selma, North Carolina man, Troy LaPlante has filed to fill one of two Town Council seats up for re-election.
LaPlante ran unsuccessfully for council two years ago in the non-partisan election. "Two years ago, almost nobody knew who I was," Troy said. "This time, it is different. With my local involvement, weekly opinion column in the newspaper, increased internet presence, and just plain being a resident longer, most people in town have heard my name. I am hoping to have an impact on my town, not necessarily make a splash."
Known for his conservative views that are easily found in the newspaper or on the internet, Troy LaPlante has been a North Carolina resident for about two decades, almost half of his life. In 1988, as a young adult and recent college graduate, Troy moved from his family home in New Hampshire to North Carolina to take a job at North Carolina State University's Public Safety Department. After a few years, he moved on to private industry where he worked in the radio broadcasting business at several radio stations in the Raleigh/Durham area, as well as right in his home town of Selma. He also worked in the private protective security business. For the past twelve years, Troy has been working for Time Warner Cable Media Sales as a Technical Services Coordinator.
Troy has co-founded several ministry groups and congregations, some of which still are in existence today. Troy and his wife currently are involved with small home and online fellowship groups.
In 1994, Troy met and married his sweetheart, Teresa. After living together in Raleigh for several years, Troy and Teresa moved to Smithfield, where they lived for about five years. When looking for a home to purchase of their own, Troy remembered the small town life he experienced growing up, and the lifestyle he found while working in Selma. In 2002, while looking for their first house, Troy and Teresa chose to purchase their home and settle in the Town of Selma.
With a background of almost a decade in the fire and rescue field, as well as in ministry, Troy has always had a heart for public service. It was not hard to get involved in public affairs. After an unsuccessful run for town council in 2005, Troy continued his long habit of internet blogging, which led to an offer to write a weekly opinion column in "The Selma News".
Troy's other civic involvement include serving on the Johnston County Local Emergency Planning Committee, the Selma Planning Board and Board of Adjustment, the Selma Citizen's Advisory Board, and with the Selma Development Partnership.
Troy LaPlante's official campaign web site is http://www.vote4troy.com. Most of his web presence can be found at http://www.troylaplante.com LaPlante was the first candidate from Selma to file for elected office in the upcoming November 6th election.
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