On May 21, vote
Larry Arata, Democrat
for Delaware County Council
After the overdose death of his son, Brendan, 23, last year, Larry co-founded the Opioid Crisis Action Network (OCAN) to address this national health emergency by researching a policy platform requiring private health insurance companies, Medicare and Medicaid to cover best medical practices. 104 candidates nationwide, 74 from PA, endorsed the OCAN platform. (See opioidcrisisactionnetwork.com) As a member of county council, Larry will work to expand the drug, mental health and veterans’ courts and insure that medication assisted recovery regimes are encouraged and supported. There is no one more qualified to implement a county health department to co-ordinate our response to this national disaster which is taking the lives of four Delaware County residents per week.
Sixteen years ago, after a successful 20-year career in software sales, Larry took a $100,000 pay cut and became a public school teacher and coach in Philadelphia. He has been a union member since 2012 and helped lead an organization campaign at a charter school 2010-2011. Larry is committed to policies that will increase union jobs in Delco, bring jobs to the Chester port and infrastructure projects to our area roads and bridges, protect workers’ rights, and insure that county and contractors’ workers are paid fair and competitive wages.
Larry graduated from Haverford High and Princeton University. In 1997, he founded Citizens for Good Government, which successfully lobbied to preserve open space at the former state hospital site and put the insurance contract out to an open bid, saving taxpayers money. Larry called for the resignation of two corrupt Haverford officials (1991 and 2002). Larry testified at DER hearings against a proposed ash dump at the abandoned quarry off Township Line Road (1987) and over-development bordering our water supply, the Springton Reservoir (2000). This past year, Larry has spoken at Marple Township meetings advocating for the preservation of the forests on the Don Guanella property, and at County Council and Middletown Council meetings against the the locating of the Sunoco pipeline within 650 feet of schools and senior living facilities. Larry has been a dedicated grassroots activist for over 30 years who will apply this leadership experience to county council.
Larry will work to eliminate the only privately run prison in PA and insure that inmates receive best practices mental health and addiction treatment so that recidivism rates are reduced. Larry will work to reform the cash bail system so that those accused of non-violent offenses awaiting trial who cannot afford bail will not be imprisoned simply because they are poor. This is not only the only constitutional approach; it will also save taxpayers money.
Larry lives in Havertown with Heather, his wife of 28 years, and his daughter, Shelby.
Larry's campaign is fueled by small donations. No dark money is welcome. Reject big money in politics and elect a representative of the middle class and the poor who listens and responds to each and every citizen!