Submitted by Paul LaRosa
My name is Paul LaRosa and I am seeking to be your District 2 County Commissioner. I am fifty years old and a lifelong resident of LeFlore County. My family and I have been members of Springhill Baptist church in Monroe for more than 20 years. Presently, I own and manage PJ’S Country Store in Monroe where I have been in business for 25 years. I graduated from Poteau High School in 1988 then furthered my education at Carl Albert State College receiving my associate degree then went on to receive my Bachelor’s Degree from John Brown University in Business Organizational Management. My wife has been in education for 20 years and is presently the Superintendent at Monroe Public School. My parents are the late Ralph LaRosa and Janet LaRosa. My dad was a Vietnam veteran and proudly served in the Air Force for over twenty two years then retired and moved to Monroe in 1973.
I am seeking this position because I truly believe it’s time for real change. Now is the time for someone with business experience to be elected to help with our ever growing financial crisis. Our taxes are the highest they have ever been without having anything to show for it. Our infrastructure is falling apart and getting worse by the day. With limited resources, we need someone with business experience and knowledge in this area. We need a different perspective and fresh ideas with someone who has knowledge of the problems surrounding our county. The Commissioner’s job far exceeds having knowledge in construction and operating equipment. They need both business sense and the ability to deal with many different circumstances in various situations. Commissioners must tackle difficult decisions dealing with contracts, taxes, and all other county departments and must utilize every cent of our tax dollars. It’s time to elect someone who is prepared and able to stand up and make tough decisions that will better the people of LeFlore County. We need someone to lead our county in a positive direction. Given the opportunity, I would like to prove that I am that person.
As many of you may know, I ran for this position four years ago and would like to take a moment and put some rumors to rest. If elected I have no intention of terminating anyone’s job as long as they are willing to work hard and for the same goals, to make our county a better place. Current employees have knowledge and insight that are valuable in assisting me to execute the Commissioners duties and serving you, the tax payer. These are quality people, employed by the county and I look forward to working alongside while leading in a new direction! A good leader should be willing to inspire and encourage employees to perform at their very best for you the tax payer and be assured these are some of my objectives. Something to think on, to see REAL progress you need REAL change.
I humbly ask for your support in making LeFlore County better.