GLOCESTER – A former police officer and 25-year resident, who has served on the Glocester Town Council since January, is seeking reelection to the board, citing a belief in fiscal responsibility and a plan to listen to the people.
David LaPlante, who is running as an independent, is one of eight candidates for the five-member board in the General Election to be held Tuesday, Nov. 8.
LaPlante served with the Glocester Police Department for 20 years, retiring at the rank of captain in 2006.
“During my years on the police department, we were very much involved with the community outside of our police duties,” LaPlante noted. “We raised money for charities and scholarships to benefit our neighbors in and around Glocester.
He noted that one of his most successful ventures was in raising funds and awareness for the Rhode Island Special Olympics.
Currently, he serves as moderator for the Harmony Fire District Board of Commissioners.
LaPlante was appointed to the board in January to fill the vacancy created by the passing of the late Town Council President Julian Forgue, and notes he lost his last bid for a seat in 2020 by around 80 votes.
“I was told that I would automatically lose votes if I didn’t run as an endorsed candidate,” LaPlante said. “I ran as an Independent because I don’t want to be beholden to any political party. I am once again running as an independent as I will not compromise my values.”
LaPlante said he is a fiscal conservative, and is conservative to moderate on social issues.
“I love my town and want to keep Glocester fiscally responsible, safe, and an exceptional place to live, raise a family, and grow old in,” he said.
The candidate emphasized a responsibility to the voters as a member of the board, and said that people need to choose their elected representatives carefully.
“I listen to the residents, not other politicians,” said LaPlante. “I believe towns have a responsibility to their residents to be fiscally responsible.”
If reelected, LaPlante said, “I’ll continue to earn your trust through actions, not empty promises.”
“I would like to continue to help keep Glocester a successful, safe, and enjoyable place to live, work, and visit,” he said. “I would appreciate your support. You already have mine.”
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