I was born Larry Thurman Pretlow II on June 19, 1989 in the District of Columbia. I am the youngest of seven children. I have 3 sisters and 3 brothers (two are deceased). My mother is a retired school teacher. My father left the workforce to become a stay-at-home Dad to take care of me and my sister. I saw a strong educated working woman and a strong man who loved his children dearly. Both my parents served proudly in the United States Army.
I spent my childhood growing up in Oxon Hill, Maryland, where I attended Prince George's County Public Schools. I have attended Strayer University and earned some college education in Information Systems. I am still earning my degree from University of Maryland University College in Social Science.
In March 2013 I took employment with the United States Postal Service. During that time, I also became a Dad. I have two children: Lar'Ree is 4; and Larry My'kel is 3. Their mother and I are both committed to our shared responsibility as parents.
At the time, in order to meet my new responsibility; and the demand of the service, I had to make the decision to commit to what I believed to be gainful employment over continuing my education. In doing so, I was putting my family first.
It was working at the United States Postal Service, when I began to notice that federal employees suffer many injustices in the workplace and I spoke up. As a member of the NALC union, I also noticed the need for union reforms.
While my marriage had its own struggles, I understand that it isn't always easy and I want to make sure single parents; divorced parents; and blended families can thrive in our economy, and live in harmony.
I currently work full-time on my campaign, I'm investing all of my time and savings into this campaign because I care about people, our communities and this new era. I live in the Oakland Mills community in Columbia, Maryland. I have dedicated my life to speaking up in the most unfavorable circumstances while giving a voice to others. I understand that speaking up has it's immediate consequences but that's the sacrifice I've made over and over, proudly.
As a teenager, I became involved in the local politics of the District of Columbia.
I served as President of the National Youth Rights Association (NYRA) of the Greater Washington Area (NYRA-DC); I became deeply engaged in the work to advance Youth Rights, including fully funding the Summer Youth Employment Program and keeping the number of participants uncapped - in order to protect the program.