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LaMarche to seek 2nd term

Mary Dorothy “Dot” LaMarche wants to finish the work she has started and is seeking a second term as alderman for the citizens of Ward II.

LaMarche is running unopposed by state election standards for the upcoming four-year term, but she is keeping her political guard up in the event of a write-in candidate.

“There’s always the possibility of a write-in candidate,” she said. “I still have to remain visible and plan a campaign. I’ve already sent out my fund-raising letters. I’m probably going to do a few signs and definitely do a flyer that I can hand out in the neighborhoods.”

LaMarche said she played a role in creating a lot of positive changes for Farragut in her first term, which began in 2003.

“It has been a wonderful experience and I enjoy doing it,” she said. “I feel with the experience and knowledge I have gained, I will be better able to serve the people I represent.”

If she is re-elected, LaMarche said she has a list of projects she would like to continue working on.

“I’d still like to see that we don’t have any property tax,” she said. “I want to see that we continue to maintain our roads and parks. We’re getting ready to build another park off McFee Road and we’ll have parks in four different sections of town. We’re doing better in bringing in businesses. Even though a few places have closed, we’re still drawing in businesses. We’ve facilitated better communication between developers and the town and I want to see that continue. I’m very proud of our new town flags. I think they are a real asset to our community. I’m going to stay involved on the state and national level.”

LaMarche said she believes in staying abreast of the changes going on in the state legislature. That is one reason she favors involvement in the Tennessee Municipal League.

“[TML] enables us to meet with other town administrators and mayors all across the state who have similar problems,” she said. “You are able to share ideas and solutions with them and they are able to share ideas with you. It works out real well. Being from the same state, we are all united in wanting to make Tennessee better and our towns better. T-M-L is involved with a lot of legislative issues, so we want to keep abreast of developments under consideration by state lawmakers.”

LaMarche has been involved with the town of Farragut since she and her husband, Lou, moved to the town 12 years ago. LaMarche has been on the Sugarwood Homeowners’ Association board for four years, served as president for two years and now serves as a block captain. She said she is a recent graduate of the Knox County Sheriff Office’s Citizen Academy and The University of Tennessee Center Institute for Public Service in the Local Government Leadership program. She served on the Farragut Board of Zoning Appeals from 2001 until her election as Ward II alderman in April 2003.

A Nashville native, LaMarche spent years in a nursing career before retirement. She has three daughters and is expecting her fifth grandchild.


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