I am Dr. LaDena A. Bolton and I need your support to help restore accountability, integrity and trust in DeKalbYD. Like some of you, I was nurtured and educated in DeKalb County, and I am committed to advocating for progressive legislation on behalf of DeKalb County residents. My family has invested in our local community for over 20 years, and I would be honored to continue that legacy by serving as the 2021 DeKalbYD Vice President.
When I was nine years old, my parents moved our family to DeKalb County shortly after my dad completed his military career in the Marine Corp. At that time, my parents did not have a college education so they relied on faith, hard work, and a fresh start to support their growing family of five.
Growing up in DeKalb County, I learned the value of hard work as my mom and dad taught me to strive for excellence in all areas of my life and not to fear the responsibility of it. My parents could not afford to pay for my college education. So, I worked hard to earn the Georgia Lottery funded HOPE Scholarship, which is awarded to students with outstanding academic excellence. After graduating from Avondale High School in DeKalb, I was honored to matriculate to Savannah State University, which became the spring that propelled me to receive a fellowship to earn my Ph.D. at Clark Atlanta University. As your next VP, I will work to secure an influential seat at the table for all Young Dems and collegiates because we are the future, but the future is defined by our present.
Shortly after graduating from college, my husband, Dr. Clement J. Bolton II and I returned to DeKalb County to serve our community and raise our three sons. My husband was driven to become a K-12 science educator and used his platform to encourage more underrepresented students to enter STEM career pipelines. I rode the path to community service by volunteering on the Board of Directors for several DeKalb County nonprofit organizations that sought to improve the lives of our neighbors. Over the years, I have seen both mismanagement of and transparency in our government. Ultimately, we are responsible for the health of our community and are empowered to protect it. I have a track record for advocating for DeKalb and I will bring this ambition to DeKalbYD as I advocate for you.
I was nurtured by my family, challenged by my teachers, and supported by my community to achieve goals beyond my wildest dreams. As a Forensic Chemist, I have traveled around the world using science to solve crimes and to protect the U.S. and U.S. interests. With the establishment of some outlandish changes in Georgia policies and preservation of outdated regulations, challenges are inhibiting our families from relying on the support that I was privileged to receive. Because of you, I am a proud wife, mother, community advocate and chemist. If you seek a new vision to restore our organization and support our community, then elect LaDena Bolton to represent DeKalbYD as Vice President.
(Fostering Accoutability, Integrity, Trust, Humility)