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Glendale school board candidates share reasons they should get voters' support

April 01, 2013

The seven candidates running for three open seats on the Glendale Univied school board explain why they should be elected.

Dan Cabrera

I am the best candidate for the Glendale School Board because of my experience as a PTA president, Glendale teacher, parent and businessman.

I understand the concerns of Glendale parents, students and businesses. I have held leadership positions in the Glendale Historical Society, Foothill Little League, Royal Canyon Property Owners Assn. and the Glendale Kiwanis Club.

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As a Vietnam vet, I know we must educate students — our future voters and leaders — in critical thinking that uses reason to make decisions, and exposure to ethical and compassionate adults to ensure that those decisions benefit all elements of Glendale’s diverse community.

Armina Gharpetian

As an educated mother of three, quality of education is my top priority.

With my educational background, leadership qualities, business practice and community outreach experience, I’m committed to bring fresh perspective and leadership to our educational system.

I am a firm believer in giving back to the community. I am a volunteer provider for Glendale Healthy Kids and over the years I have been involved in many nonprofit organizations.

As an active PTA member representing parents on a school site council, I envision being receptive and accessible to all students, teachers and parents. Let’s not forget: Today’s learners are tomorrow’s leaders.

Joylene Wagner

With eight years on the GUSD Board and nearly 30 in service to youth and community, I bring the experience and knowledge essential for our district's continued instructional and financial stability and success.

I've demonstrated my passion for education in years as a children's choir director, PTA officer and substitute teacher.

As chair of the Verdugo School-to-Career Coalition and as an elected delegate to the California School Boards Assn., I maintain good working relationships with our legislators in support of our students. I collaborate with colleagues in the district and across the community. I love the work of the GUSD.

Christine Walters

It has been a privilege to serve as a GUSD board member. These past four years were filled with many financial challenges and yet our board provided financial stability, including no teacher layoffs, no furlough days and no salary reductions.

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