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Laplante Launches 2016 Campaign For State Senate

Jun 27, 2016 07:33AM ● By Theresa Gilman

Susan Laplante

(Editor's Note: This content was provided by Candidate Laplante's office.)

LAWRENCE - Susan Laplante announced her candidacy for State Senate at a packed Lawrence restaurant on June 7.

Laplante, who is looking to represent Andover, Dracut, Lawrence, and Tewksbury in the State Senate, is focusing on providing greater opportunities to Massachusetts residents in the race leading to the November 8, 2016 election.

"My children are products of a public charter school education in Lawrence," said Laplante, a graduate from the University of Lowell and a mother of three school-aged children. "We won the education lottery where there is currently a 1500 person waiting list. My children have an excellent opportunity to succeed in life through this first rate education, and it is important that more families have that same opportunity. We need to give parents choices. One path is through expanded access to charter schools."

Laplante, who is the director of operations for HM Safaris, also laid out her plan to provide more economic opportunity for residents across the district and Commonwealth. "High taxes and onerous regulations are stifling business development, which impacts companies looking to expand and grow. Healthy companies are willing to pay competitive wages for good, qualified employees with the necessary job skills. Providing individuals with workforce training will encourage job growth and create wealth."

Laplante understands that an effective Senator listens to residents and works with local officials. Recently in Andover, for example, democratic principles were denied when the incumbent senator ignored the hard work of the Other Post Employment Benefits (OPEB) panel, selectmen, and the voices of the people. "The incumbent senator can't claim to support local government and their residents when taking votes on Beacon Hill directly in opposition to their stated needs," said Laplante, who serves as the president of her local neighborhood association.

As the State Senator for the Second Essex and Middlesex District, Laplante looks forward to working with Governor Charlie Baker in fighting for fiscal conservative values in the Statehouse. “I make tough budget choices every day. Beacon Hill must learn to live within a budget too. We need leaders in the State Senate who value fiscal responsibility.”

Laplante is married to Lawrence City Council Vice President Marc Laplante. He says, "My wife’s candidacy for senate comes at a very important time for our region and for the Commonwealth. A healthy, stable, and safe Lawrence positively impacts the surrounding communities. Sue's record of improving Lawrence makes her uniquely qualified to most effectively represent our area in Beacon Hill. More than 25 years has passed since a senator from Lawrence was sent to the State House. It's time for a change.” Mrs. Laplante represents that positive change and looks forward to the opportunity to prove it to the voters of the Second Essex and Middlesex County in the coming months.

Susan (Wilson) Laplante was born and raised in North Andover. She and her husband Marc have experienced the positive impact of Community Day Charter Public School. Their oldest is now a sophomore at St. John’s Prep in Danvers. The Laplantes raise backyard chickens and keep honey bees. Laplate and her family have lived in Lawrence for the past 16 years. Laplante has enjoyed serving her community as President of the Colonial Heights Neighborhood Association and as the past President of the Special Education Parent Advisory Council at her sons’ charter school.
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