Larry Fritzlan grew up in the Midwest. He moved to Marin County, California in 1975 and has been a Marin homeowner since 1987. He is married and has one son and two grandchildren. Larry’s passion to create a better world for his grandchildren has prompted his work to promote political, economic and environmental change and to run for U.S. Congress.
Larry is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist specializing in drug and alcohol intervention and treatment. He has been a successful business owner and entrepreneur since 1976. Larry directs Larry Fritzlan Recovery Services, a cutting-edge outpatient treatment program in Corte Madera that helps teens and young adults and their families recover from addiction and codependency.
Larry is an adjunct professor at the California Institute of Integral Studies, where he teaches a graduate course on the diagnosis and treatment of addiction. He has written several articles on treating addiction in the family system. His background in family therapy and addiction has informed his view of the dysfunction in the current American political system and of the kind of change that needs to happen. A foundational principle of his platform is his Money-Out-Of-Politics Pledge.
He is author of two books about politics, Intervention On America, released in November 2011, and We are the 99% and We are Running for Office: Washington’s Worst NIghtmare, to be released in February 2012.
Larry is running for Congress in California’s 2nd Congressional District, which includes the counties of Marin, Sonoma, Mendocino, Humboldt, Trinity, and Del Norte.
IN THE WORDS OF LARRY FRITZLAN:
I believe there is a simple solution to fixing our dysfunctional political system. It is to get money out of politics. Our elected leaders take massive amounts of money from Big Business, Big Union, and the hyper-weatlhy (the 1%) in order to fund their endless election cycles. These elected politicians end up serving these special interests — not the American people.
I believe that we would be better served if we voted only for those politicians who agree to take no money from corporations and other entities — who pledge to take only small contributions and only from real people.
To this end, I have made a decision to put my toe into the political waters as a 99% candidate who pledges to accept money only from individuals and only in amounts of no more than $100.
I pledge to raise a very loud voice for sanity and do my best as a family therapist to facilitate both of our adolescent-acting political parties to sit down and do the work that they were sent to Washington to actually do!
I’m a family therapist. My job is to assess and treat dysfunctional systems.
I’m freaking out about our current political system. I think everyone is. Our current leaders are spectacularly failing at coming up with common-sense solutions to fix some very big problems.
It is making me crazy!
In my book, Intervention On America, I actually laid out a plan for doing an Intervention on our country — both on the 1%, our leaders who are addicted to money and power, and on the enabling codependent voters who keep sending them back. This dysfunctional system is the problem.
One of the suggestions in my book was that all of us, the 99%, need to stand up, go to the streets, post blogs, run for office, write books, whatever, but get ready for the big changes coming our way.
So, I can’t get this crazy idea out of my head to run for the U.S. Congress. I don’t want to be a politician, I don’t want to run for office, and I don’t want to live in Washington!
But as I look at my grandchildren, I feel deep sorrow and pain. We, you and I, have so screwed this thing up that I believe we all need to get off our butts and act. I don’t think we have a choice.
In WWII our parents and grandparents stood up and put their lives on the line for democracy. I believe that time has come again. It is time for Americans to stand up to an impending crisis.
We all need to take responsibility and change. Therefore, I’m asking you to help me in this mad idea of running, winning, and going to Washington.
So, if you would like to participate in making a difference, please look at this website. Volunteer to collect signatures. Donate to help me meet the cost of declaring candidacy: $25,000 for the six counties combined.
Come to planning meetings the first Saturday of each month, 12 noon, at the Best Western in Corte Madera. Vote at the primary, June 5th, 2012. Vote absentee if you think you can’t get to the polls that day. Tell everyone you know to do all these things, too.
We can do this!
Thank you for your support.