“Serving the community is important to me, and I feel that there is great potential to make a positive impact as a member of the Cranston City Council,” wrote Warner in a press release. “My background in public health has helped me understand the importance of local government in addressing factors that affect our daily lives.”
Larry Warner has announced today he will be running Citywide as a Democratic candidate for the Cranston City Council on the 2020 ballot.
“I am running because we need to close the gaps that we have in our community in public health and in factors that influence our health. As a member of the Cranston City Council, I believe that I will be able to use my experiences to help create policies that build a more equitable Cranston,” Warner said. “My campaign will be focused on bringing members of the community and other stakeholders together to find solutions for health disparities in our City, as well as find ways to foster better quality of life and economic development here in Cranston.”
“I’m excited that someone with Larry’s experience and expertise is stepping up to run for City Council,” said Cranston Democratic Ward 3 Councilor John Donegan. “We need more elected officials that are willing to have difficult conversations and pursue policies that will lead to a more equitable and just Cranston for everyone. I look forward to serving with Larry next term.”
Larry and his wife Dr Tammy Vargas Warner have lived in the Woodridge neighborhood for the past 12 years. They have three sons, one of whom is a graduate of Cranston High School West and the other two currently attend Cranston public schools. Larry is currently the Director of Grants and Strategic Initiatives with United Way of Rhode Island.
Prior to United Way, Larry worked at the Rhode Island Foundation as the Strategic Initiative Officer for Healthy Lives. He previously served on the Providence Fire Department where he held several roles, including that of Firefighter/EMT and Training Officer. Larry has also taught part-time at the University of Rhode Island and was a Disaster Specialist with the Rhode Island Chapter of the American Red Cross.
Larry currently is a candidate for a Doctor of Public Health degree in Health Equity and Social Justice at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The first in his family to attend college, Larry previously earned a Master of Public Health and Bachelor of Arts at Brown University.
Larry is proud of his current volunteer roles as co-chair of the Rhode Island Commission for Health Advocacy and Equity, and as a member of the Planning Committee at Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island. Larry is an alum of the Ten Men initiative of the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence. He is a volunteer pilot for Pilots N Paws, a network of volunteers engaged in helping rescued animals become adopted.
[From a press release]