A Fresh Perspective,
Growing up in rural Missouri, the son of an autoworker and the grandson of a cement truck driver, Larry learned the importance of hard work at an early age. Understanding the importance of hard work, but unsure of what the future held, he enlisted in the Army after high school. His first five years in the Army taught him discipline, and Durham Tech and UNC-Chapel Hill taught him the importance of an education. But it wasn’t until he completed Army Officer Candidate school and started a family that he found a sense of direction. Shortly after starting a family, over 20 years ago, Durham became home for Larry and Cristi. During these 20 years, just as their family grew, so did Durham. While still serving in uniform Larry deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, as well as in a number of engagements in Africa that included training peacekeeping forces and disaster response for African governments and militaries.
In addition to his military service, Larry became active in the community through involvement in Durham Public Schools, Durham Parks & Recreation, the local chapter of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and his local church. He volunteered in a variety of positions within the Durham Public Schools and Parks and Recreation that worked to improve outcomes and opportunities for the exceptional children of the school system and special Parks & Recreation programs. Larry’s most recent effort with the VFW includes developing the current property located in Bragtown for affordable housing, as well as a Veterans and Bragtown Community Co-op. The Co-op will be a collaboration of non-profit, private, and governmental organizations dedicated to serving the local veteran population and their families, as well as the Bragtown community.
Along with volunteering in the Durham community, Larry works full-time as an executive director of a non-profit that supports the North Carolina National Guard, and he volunteers as the Commander of the North Carolina Veterans Council.
The continued growth of Durham and District 22 is creating a number of opportunities that require a fresh perspective and a principled pragmatic approach to problem solving in the North Carolina Senate. With over 20 years in the community and a proven track record of service to both country and community, Larry is clearly the candidate of choice for District 22.
Serving with Integrity - Larry is dedicated to compassion for all, respect for others, commitment to the issues, and integrity and accountability in action.
Investing in Education - Every child is unique and must have access to quality learning opportunities whether public, charter, or private. This requires equitable and meaningful investment in our public schools.
Criminal Justice Reform - Build on the success of Senate Bill 300, specifically the study of the state's criminal laws with a goal of clarifying and consolidating existing crimes.
Housing Opportunities - New and creative housing solutions are needed to solve the housing affordability crisis. Solutions must ensure Durham residents access to housing that meets their needs while addressing the relationship between employment opportunities and housing availability
Responsible Budgeting - Future budgets should meet the needs of the state while returning tax dollars to the citizens for use in their local economy.
Advocate for Military, Veterans and their Families - As a military retiree and current advocate for military issues, Larry understands the challenges that veterans and military families face and knows the issues that most need to be addressed in North Carolina.
Across North Carolina there are a variety of issues that impact our rural and urban communities differently. With its rural area in the north and an urban population center in the south, District 22 is a microcosm of the issues that provide both challenges and opportunities for our state. These issues range from economics, education, healthcare, and infrastructure. With his rural upbringing and 20 years of Durham urban living, Larry understands the unique challenges faced by both.
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1821 Hillandale Rd. Ste 1B #161
Durham NC 27705
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