John Plante for State Representative, District 4
First and foremost, I’m not a politician. I am approaching this race like it’s a multi-panel job interview. I’m a programmer by trade – I am a lead of other leads and have been in the IT industry for over 20 years. I’ve had the opportunity to work in and support multiple industries, in companies and organizations ranging from startups to a 278-acre government research facility to multi-national corporations. I have a Master’s in Homeland Security, a Bachelor’s of English and a minor in Education and additional training in leadership, corporate strategy/product development, disaster recovery/preparation, policy and communication.
More-so than a programmer though, I consider myself a family man and community member. Both my wife and I are former foster parents, fostering four-children adopting two of them bringing our total number of children to four. The two we adopted were born drug-addicted and have special needs due to this and family history. My wife and I have been community volunteers for over 20 years now – she currently is a VP at two local non-profits and I do publicity for one of them as well. We put our skills to helping provide stability for people and their families, so I have an understanding of how families fall vulnerable and how we can add stability to our communities.
I think my fusion of life experiences, corporate/government experience, education and training make me a strong candidate for Okaloosa. It sets me apart from many other candidates who have had less breadth of experiences than mine. I’m comfortable in a range of business environments – as a former foster parent and current community support volunteer, I understand a lot of the issues people face day to day and my Master’s will help plan and prepare for our existing emergencies as well as our future.
Will seek to stabilize our economy, increase access to healthcare, mental health services, boost educational opportunity and promote unity in our region.