District 1 School Board candidate, George McKenna with potential constituent at his new campaign headquarters in the Crenshaw District
Community members, elected officials, union leaders, educators and former candidates recently joined Dr. George McKenna, Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education candidate, for the opening of his new campaign headquarters at 3818 ½ Crenshaw Bl., Los Angeles, CA 90008.
The festivities, including food, speakers and the LaLa (Louisiana to Los Angeles) Second Line dancers, energized the scores of volunteers and encouraged McKenna, in his quest to become the next representative of Board District 1, filling the vacancy left by the death of Marguerite Poindexter LaMotte.
McKenna, who received nearly 45% of the votes in a field of seven candidates, is headed into a runoff on August 12, against the second place finisher, who was more than 20 points behind him in the June primary, with 24% of the overall vote.
Congresswoman Maxine Waters, one of McKenna’s supporters, said, “It’s important that we elect George McKenna because of his superior experience and leadership. There is no comparison between his record and his opponent’s record. This community demands the absolute best representation for our children and George McKenna is the best.”
Solomon Rivera, district director for Congresswoman Karen Bass, said, “It will take money and people power to put Dr. McKenna over the top. If we continue what we started in the primary we will be victorious on Election night.”
Linda Perez, president of California School Employees Association, Chapter 500, the largest union of classified school employees in the country, presented donation checks on behalf of her union members and indicated that “McKenna is the best person for the job.”
Fellow educator and third place finisher Sherlett Hendy Newbill indicated that Dr. McKenna’s passion for education and his experience at all levels of the educational ladder prepare him to serve in this position.
With decades of experience, McKenna has served at all levels of the educational ladder, including classroom mathematics teacher, principal and local district superintendent within LAUSD. Additionally, he has served as Superintendent of the Inglewood unified School District; Deputy Director, Compton Unified School District and Assistant Superintendent of Secondary Schools in the Pasadena Unified School District. He currently serves as an educational consultant, providing professional development and support to school districts and community organizations throughout the country.
McKenna has been recognized locally, nationally and internationally, for his work in transforming schools, improving student performance and increasing community interest and involvement within local schools. With more than 400 citations, he has been profiled in national publications, including Time, People and Ebony magazines; television shows, including “Nightline” and “The Oprah Winfrey Show;” and numerous newspapers, including The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times and The Christian Science Monitor. His success in transforming Washington Preparatory High School has been documented in print as well as film, including, “The George McKenna Story,” starring Denzel Washington and a documentary, entitled, “Chaos to Calm,” produced by the California State Attorney General’s Office.
He has also been endorsed by UTLA, LA Times, LaOpińon, the LA Sentinel, Los Angeles School Police Officers Association, Los Angeles Democratic Party; Councilmen Tom LaBonge and Bernard Parks; former school board members Barbara Boudreaux, Rita Walters, Jackie Goldberg; former candidates Genethia Hudley-Hayes, Rachel Johnson and Hattie McFrazier.