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Committed to the school board

January 29, 2011

Over the past several months, I have had the pleasure of being on the receiving end of countless endorsements urging me to run for Glendale City Council. I have been overwhelmed by the encouragement, confidence and well wishes so many have bestowed upon me.

Christine and I can't thank all of you enough. Christine and I both have enjoyed and cherished the opportunity to give back to our community throughout our time here.

As many of you know, I currently have the honor of serving as president of the Glendale Unified school board, where I have been a member for the past 10 years. Throughout that time, I have enjoyed being an advocate for maintaining the quality of our schools for our teachers, kids and their families. I am proud of everything my fellow board members and I have accomplished. Through good times and bad, we have been able to work together as a team for the common good of our students and families.

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In light of all this, the decision of whether to run for City Council has been a very difficult one. While I have the utmost respect for our current City Council, I share in the sentiment of so many that we, as a city, can do better. Nevertheless, at this current time, with our state and our schools facing so much financial uncertainty, I believe my place is to continue serving our families and schools as a school board member. Public education is the backbone of our society, and to leave the Board of Education now, in a time of crisis, would be contrary to my ideals and sense of purpose.

I am grateful for everyone who signed my ballot statement and encouraged me to run for City Council. I appreciate the confidence you have in me, and I pledge to continue to work as an advocate for our community. Perhaps in two years, when hopefully our state and our schools are more financially stable, I will reconsider running for City Council.

I truly treasure my family and my wife, and so I remain devoted to helping them, our business and our school district during these turbulent times.

Greg Krikorian

Glendale

Editor's note: Krikorian is president of the Glendale Unified school board.

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