Larry Chrzan said he wants to make changes in the way Haverford Township is run.
Chrzan, a 53-year-old Democrat, is challenging incumbent Republican Commissioner James McGarrity for the 7th Ward commissioner seat in the November general election.
Chrzan has lived in Haverford Township for 12 years. He is married and has two adult children, and two grandchildren.
After graduating from the University of Pittsburgh with a bachelor of science in industrial engineering, Chrzan worked as an industrial engineer for large and small companies, and at a local economic development agency doing internet marketing.
For the past two and a half years, he has runs his own Internet marketing consultant business, Blue Horseradish. The company name originates from Chrzan’s last name, which means blue horseradish in Polish, he told the Haverford-Havertown Patch.
In 2003, the Haverford Township Library Association elected Chrzan a library board trustee. He served on the board until 2009.
Currently, Chrzan volunteers as a member of the Friends of Haverford Township Free Library and as a business owner, he is a member of the Haverford Partnership for Economic Development.
Chrzan said he decided to run for commissioner because, “I think it’s time for a change in the way we run our township, and I bring new skills and new ideas that the board doesn’t have and my opponent doesn’t have.”
Chrzan said there are “three big issues” that concern Ward 7 residents.
The first issue is planning, Chrzan said.
“The master plan was written in 1998 and very few of the things have been worked on,” Chrzan said. “Planning, I think, is a huge issue.”
The second issue is fiscal oversight, Chrzan said.
“Haverford Township is a more than $30 million business and should be run more like a business,” Chrzan said.
Chrzan said he has the fiscal oversight skills to do that because of his experience as a business owner, an industrial engineer and a former library trustee.
The third issue for residents is constituent services, Chrzan said.
“Our system of delivering constituent services is outdated and broken and we need to fix that,” Chrzan said. “I would fix it so services would be delivered fairly and cost-effectively.”
Chrzan said people should vote for him, “Because the choice is clear. It’s time for a change and I bring the new skills that are desperately needed in our township.”