Larry Pretlow II
Larry Pretlow II

Meet Larry


Larry Thurman Pretlow II was born in the District of Columbia, on June 19, 1989, to his parents and six older siblings. He grew up in Oxon Hill, Maryland, where he attended Prince George's County Public Schools. His mother was a teacher in the District's public schools system. His parents served proudly in the U.S. Army. As an infant, he was baptized Methodist at Varick Memorial AME Zion Church in Washington, DC.

Larry has two biological children: Lar'Ree (daughter) and Larry My'kel (son), from his previous marriage to their mother. He lives in the Oakland Mills community of Columbia, Maryland.

Since June 2018, Larry serves on the Oakland Mills Community Association (OMCA) Board of Directors. He is currently Chair of the Community Together (outreach) Committee.

As a young adult Larry served as President of the National Youth Rights Association of the Greater Washington Area (NYRA-DC). He frequently presented testimony to the Council of the District of Columbia regarding legislation that impacted the District's youth.

Performing under the pseudonym LaPret, since a teenager, he has released an EP and other recording projects during the span of his recording career. He was elected to his ASCAP Writer & Publisher membership in 2007.

In 2010, before taking employment with the United States Postal Service (in March 2013), Larry earned some college from Stayer University in Information Systems. He paused his education to become a career City Carrier for the United States Postal Service in Northern Virginia.

In 2016 he successfully filed charges with the National Labor Relations Board against the Postal Service and the National Association of Letter Carriers. He has often stood up against disparaging treatment in the workplace. These experiences motivated Larry to further his political ambitions to help serve the people who are more than often counted out or hindered by the politicization of their circumstances.

On November 14, 2017 Larry declared his candidacy for Maryland's House of Delegates to represent District 13, Howard County, Maryland. He earned 3,110 votes in the June 26, 2018 Democratic Primary.