LaClair to seek House seat
BARRE TOWN — Select Board member Rob LaClair says he’ll be in the running to replace Rep. Tom Koch, R-Barre Town, who announced last month he will not be seeking re-election to his legislative seat.
In a brief news release announcing his entry into the race, LaClair didn’t pick a party, but he did say he hoped to win one of the two legislative seats in Republican-leaning Barre Town.
“I believe I am well-qualified to represent the citizens of Barre Town,” said LaClair, who was elected vice chairman of the Select Board last month.
“I’m committed to the ideals of statesmanship, integrity and hard work, and will work diligently to serve the Barre Town community, as well as all residents of Vermont,” he added. “My first priority is to be a strong representative for the people.”
Though LaClair, a first-term board member, is relatively new to Barre Town politics, he is a lifelong central Vermonter who has been involved in civic organizations for the past three decades.
LaClair, who was elected to the board in 2013, previously lived in Middlesex and served for nine years on the U-32 High School Board and three years on the Washington Central Supervisory Union Board. LaClair is a past member of the Middlesex Volunteer Fire Department and has served on the board of directors for the nonprofit children’s advocacy center OUR House.
According to the news release, LaClair’s business experience includes working in a variety of positions for a multinational company for more than two decades and owning and operating several small businesses over the last 14 years.
LaClair lives on Airport Road with Kim Ladue. They have three grown children.
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