Jen for APS: This North Atlanta Parent’s Roar for the Election of District Four


Jennifer McDonald

Meet McDonald: Pictured above is Jennifer McDonald, the North Atlanta parent running in the upcoming November elections to serve on the board of district four. Voting starts November 2, so make sure to get out there and use your voice!

The Atlanta Public School system is one that is filled with many people with many diverse backgrounds. Elections for these positions occur rather frequently and are undoubtedly important for the development of the city of Atlanta as a whole. This year, Jennifer McDonald, a North Atlanta parent, is taking on the heat of a political race to serve on the board of district four. 

Lions, cougars, and Dubs, oh my! McDonald and her family have grown up in the APS pathway, with her son, Luke, beginning his journey as an E. Rivers Lion in 2012. McDonald was an amazing room mom and role model for her son, making sure to keep the class running smoothly. Soon enough, McDonald decided to participate as a higher-up figure within the schools as a board member of the Parent-Teacher Association (PTA), and it was through this experience that she got the idea to run for office at yet a higher level. “I was asked to consider it one night in a meeting where we were talking about who would be a good candidate because of the current placeholder’s retirement,” said McDonald. “We were talking it through and someone said, ‘you should do it.’ The idea was really exciting.”

For most, the greatest components of an electoral run are the ideas that the candidate has to improve the public’s faults and represent the community in a productive way. For McDonald, the most substantial issue that she feels must be addressed whilst in office is the poor communication that APS conducts within its administration, especially regarding parent contact. “We need to improve our communication process which is a big challenge right now,” said McDonald. “There are lots of ways that we could be communicating better, and there are things we could do to gain a broader perspective while cherishing the people who are committed to leading our community.” 

As one can imagine, the behind-the-scenes of an election can be quite confusing, not only for the candidates but also for the voters. The most important factor of an election is the voting lines, and in this case, the district borders. “What can be confusing for the voters is the boundary lines that actually determine the voting districts. Even district four for APS isn’t Atlanta’s district four; instead, it is districts seven and eight which is surprising,” said McDonald.

As her campaign rears its end with the upcoming election in November, McDonald has been able to take some time to reflect on her community that has ultimately guided her to the place she is fortunate to be in. “I am so grateful for the people in my community that are supporting me. The people I’m connected to through APS are quick to help me out, and even people that I have just met through this process have put in full effort to help me,” she said. “I have been overwhelmed by the caring people that put so much thought and energy into the school system.

Voting is November 2nd. If you are of age, go out, support, and use your voice!