MEET LARRY 2020-07-27T02:09:39+00:00

I grew up in a large family in a small town outside of Detroit, Mich. With seven brothers and one sister, I learned early on the value of responsibility, discipline and hard work. My first taste of business was shoveling snow for neighbors and delivering newspapers to nearby homes.

After high school, I joined the United States Air Force and served our country. I honor our military and have the utmost respect for our Veterans and First Responders.

I eventually moved to Pinellas County and settled in St. Petersburg. Soon after, I started a business, a swimming pool service and retail company, which grew to 20 employees and 600 clients over 25 years. I represented the pool and spa industry on local and state boards and was recognized for leadership skills by a statewide swimming pool association.

After selling my business, I increased service at my church and in my community, volunteering for the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Advisory Board, the Nuisance Abatement Board for the city of St. Petersburg and the Pastoral Council of St. Jude the Apostle Cathedral. I also was a Big Brother to a young man in St. Petersburg, one of the most rewarding experiences in my life.

As a small business owner, I learned the importance of living within a budget, making payroll and paying suppliers. Small businesses are the engine of our economy and it is crucial that government provides the right environment for them to thrive. Unfortunately, the Pinellas County Commission has done the opposite: shutting down businesses, closing beaches and refusing to listen to business owners and the people they employ.

I believe more business owners should serve as elected officials so in 2010 I decided to run for public office for the first time. The voters felt as I did and elected me to the Florida House of Representatives, where I served from 2010 to 2018.

As a Representative, I brought a common-sense, business approach to serving people and finding solutions. During my time in the Legislature, I sponsored bills to lower taxes, reduce regulations, provide school choice, support first responders and veterans, and protect seniors and unborn children.

For me, serving in public office means focusing on the core functions of government: Preserving Your Freedoms, Keeping You and Your Family Safe, Protecting Your Livelihoods, Building Infrastructure, Preserving our Environment with Common-Sense Solutions and Protecting the Most Vulnerable in our Community.

I am married to Maureen Byrne Ahern, a former local journalist and longtime member of the community. We have three grown daughters – Lauren, Lindsay and Sarah – and one grandchild, 5-year old Stella.

Maureen and I love our community, our state and our country. We know that this election – from the School Board to the White House – is crucial to the future of America. And, we know what we have to do to preserve the land that we love.

I am running to be the PEOPLE’S VOICE on the PINELLAS COUNTY COMMISSION.

“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it on to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.” President Ronald Reagan