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Larry W Crawford, Sr.: Candidate for At-Large Joliet City Council Seat

3/10/2017, 2:14 p.m.
Larry Crawford is running for 1 of 3 open, at-large council seats in Joliet.
Larry Crawford

Tell us about yourself. Where did you grow up, go to school, describe your family life, what are your hobbies, how do you make a living?

I was born and reared in Sand Springs, Oklahoma; the next to the youngest of seven children. I had no particular desire to leave Oklahoma until a ministry opportunity opened up in 2001. (And the fact that all of my grandchildren were here, plus my first grandson was just about 10 months old!)

It took about 4 years for my education background to get connected here. During those years I worked as a carpet/floor cleaning technician for a year before landing a job with Cornerstone Services as a mobile janitorial crew supervisor (training adults with developmental disabilities). From that position I was reassigned as Vocational Manager at the Cornerstone work training location responsible for preparing the program participants for job opportunities in the community. In 2005 I was blessed with the privilege to return to the public education setting as the Truancy Specialist for Joliet Public Schools District 86, where I am currently employed.

All of my Illinois life has been in Joliet. I think it providence that my trek to today has taken such a unique course. I was able to learn the 'lay of the land' as the carpet jobs allowed to tour the region; I was then given the opportunity to work with the premier service provider for adults with disabilities; and ultimately one of the largest school districts in Will county...as a Truancy Specialist. In all of these experiences I was and have been given an opportunity to be in direct contact with services and providers of services for prenatal to geriatric; hell raisers to heaven praisers; homeowners to homeless; neighborhood organizations and organizers; disingenuous, disenfranchised, disappointed, disinterested, and other 'dis's' which have brought me to this...this day. A day that seems to require someone with an ear to listen to the concerns of the people and make sure those concerns are at least part of the discussion when their elected officials are contemplating the course of this city we call home.

Why are you running for an at-large council seat?

Joliet is a great city! It has the opportunity to help it's citizens to thrive and grow economically, socially, and spiritually. This city needs a watchful and conscientious eye to preserve and/or capture what is unfolding in this region.

Before coming to Illinois I was always involved in community organizations and efforts to improve the quality of life in my city/county. I was generally the "designated" spokesperson for matters to be addressed at municipal/county public meetings.

Ultimately, I am seeking to be the At-Large Councilman to assure that every citizen knows this council works for the people and that every citizen will have opportunity to be heard, and treated with dignity and respect when voicing their concerns to the council. It is also important for the council to have a greater degree of transparency and be careful to not be condescending toward the citizens as they seek to simply be informed.