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Board elects LaMarche vice mayor

Alderman Ward II Dot LaMarche was named vice mayor at Farragut’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting, Thursday, April 23.

“I’m very humbled and grateful to be able to serve the Town in this manner,” LaMarche said.

“I really enjoy what I’ve done. I wish I’d gotten into it when I was younger,” the 72-year-old added.

LaMarche has been an alderman for six years; she currently is serving her second term. She also has served on the Board of Zoning Appeals for a little more than two years.

Before becoming involved in politics, LaMarche, a Nashville native, was a registered nurse. She served in various nursing positions in Tennessee, Virginia, North Carolina and Georgia before moving to Farragut 15 years ago.

“How I got involved in politics was because I … got involved in our neighborhood,” LaMarche, a Sugarwood resident, said.

“I became active in our neighborhood board and became president and served two years as president,” she added.

LaMarche’s first appearances at Farragut Municipal Planning Commission meetings were to fight cell phone towers near her subdivision.

“I fought that with other people from around, from neighboring subdivisions, and we won,” she said.

LaMarche applied to be a member of FMPC, and later was appointed to the BZA.

“Then one day the farragutpress came out and it said no one was running for alderman on the south side … and it was like, ‘You know what? I need to do that,’” LaMarche said.

She ran that year against five men, three of whom eventually withdrew, and two whom she defeated. LaMarche ran for her second term unopposed.

Since becoming alderman, LaMarche also has served as a Town representative to the National League of Cities and Tennessee Municipal League, and has been chairman of the Beer Board.

Dot has graduated the Knox County Sheriff Department’s Citizen Academy and the University of Tennessee Institute for Public Service in the Local Government Leadership Program.


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