Omarosa Manigault, who starred on the TV’s Reality show The Apprentice, is up against nine other candidates in the race for a seat on the L.A Unified School District Board. She decided to run based upon the encouragement of parents in her church congregation and her overall community.
“I gladly answer their call to action,” she stated to theGrio in an email on Wednesday. “There is nothing more important than fighting for our children!”
The ambitious personality of Omarosa, is mounted from her tough childhood experiences that built strength which resulted in her determination to escape her environment.
“[It was] reality,” Omarosa said. “I grew up in the projects. Surrounded by poverty and despair, I took what I had and created a successful life out of it.”
Omarosa said that she has always wanted to give back to the community so that she could be a positive inspiration to the youth.
“I have been working and advocating for education long before I have ever been on television,” she said. “Growing up in public school and having witnessed tragedy, I made a vow to give back to youth and show that you can accomplish anything you aspire to be.”
The 40 year old teacher, actor, and student, pursuing a PhD in Communications Studies at Howard is poised for the public persona needed for the position. She has set the stage by being on the board at Howard University’s MBA program and serving as the educational director for the Los Angeles Clippers Youth Hoops.
Her thoughts on winning are optimistic and to the point, stating, “This is a high-profile position which will require a person that has a plan developed and ready to implement immediately.”
The election for the board member appointment will be on June 3, and the winner will serve out the remaining term for the former member Marguerite Poindexter LaMotte who died in December.