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Stephen LaRoque

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Stephen LaRoque
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North Carolina House of Representatives District 10
Retired
In office
2011 - 2013
PartyRepublican
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2010
Term limitsN/A
Personal
ProfessionBusiness Owner, Non-Profit Consultant
Websites
Office website
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Stephen LaRoque (b. August 15, 1963) is a former Republican member of the North Carolina House of Representatives, representing District 10.

He worked in finance for NCNB/Nations Bank from 1986 to 1992, holding the positions of assistant vice-president and city manager. After going back to school for a few years, he entered the field of non-profit economic and community development, where he later founded both East Carolina Development Company and Piedmont Development Company. He is the president of these companies and continues to work as a consultant for other non-profit community development organizations. He was first elected to the NC House of Representatives in 2002 and again in 2004.

LaRoque earned his B.S.B.A. in Finance from East Carolina University and his M.B.A. from East Carolina University Graduate School of Business. He and his wife Susan live in Lenoir County.[1]

LaRoque lost in the May 8, 2012, Republican primary to challenger John Bell.[2]

Committee assignments

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, LaRoque served on the following committees:

  • Subcommittee on Natural and Economic Resources, Vice Chair
  • Subcommittee on Business and Labor

Elections

2012

See also: North Carolina House of Representatives elections, 2012

LaRoque ran for re-election in 2012. He lost to John Bell in the May 8, 2012, Republican primary.[3][4][5]

North Carolina House of Representatives District 10 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Bell 50.3% 3,910
Stephen LaRoque Incumbent 49.7% 3,871
Total Votes 7,781

2010

See also: North Carolina House of Representatives elections, 2010

On November 2, 2010, LaRoque won election to the North Carolina House of Representatives, defeating Van Braxton (D). LaRoque represented North Carolina's 10th house district in the 2003 and 2005 legislative sessions. Braxton won the seat in 2006 and defeated LaRoque in 2008 by 941 votes.[6][7]

North Carolina House of Representatives, General Election Results, District 10 (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Stephen LaRoque (R) 11,802 57.23%
Van Braxton (D) 8,820 42.77%

Election Lawsuit

LaRoque filed a defamation lawsuit against Braxton on October 4, 2010. The lawsuit alleges Braxton sent campaign mailers falsely accusing LaRoque of illegal business activities. The mailers also claim LaRoque stole a man's business and home through a foreclosure filing.[8]

Braxton is trailing LaRoque in polling from May and September. Braxton answered questions about how to handle the state's impending budget shortfall and did not rule out extending the state's temporary one-cent sales tax. LaRoque on the other hand says state leaders need to cut spending.[9]

2008

On November 4, 2008, LaRoque lost to incumbent Van Braxton in the District 10 race for the North Carolina House of Representatives.[10]

North Carolina House of Representatives, District 10, 2008
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Van Braxton (D) 15,506
Stephen LaRoque (R) 14,565

2004

LaRoque won re-election to the North Carolina House of Representatives, defeating James Llewellyn (D).[11]

North Carolina House of Representatives, General Election Results, District 10 (2004)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Stephen LaRoque (R) 14,529 57.4%
James Llewellyn (D) 10,793 42.6%

2002

LaRoque won election to the North Carolina House of Representatives, defeating Russell Tucker (D).[12]

North Carolina House of Representatives, General Election Results, District 10 (2002)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Stephen LaRoque (R) 9,109 50.9%
Russell Tucker (D) 8,777 49.1%

Campaign donors

2010

In 2010, LaRoque raised a total of $126,811 in campaign contributions.[13]

His eight largest campaign contributors in 2010 were:

Donor Amount
North Carolina Republican Party $54,089
LaRoque, Stephen $6,735
Edwards Jr., George L $4,000
Harold J Brubaker Campaign $4,000
Stam for House $4,000
Friends of Ruth Samuelson $4,000
Danny McComas Campaign $4,000
Cmte to Elect Thomas Tillis $4,000

Personal

LaRoque has a wife, Susan.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Van Braxton
North Carolina House - District 10
2011–2013
Succeeded by
John Bell (R)