DR. SUZIE ABAJIAN FOR GLENDALE CITY CLERK
Glendale is the city where I was raised and the city where I have chosen to raise my family. Following my graduation from Glendale High School, I attended Occidental College where I attained a B.A. in Mathematics and an M.A. in Mathematics Education. After teaching in K-12 for a number of years, I pursued a Ph.D. in Education from UCLA and worked/taught in higher education (UCLA, LMU and Occidental College) for twelve years. In 2018, I made the transition back to K-12 and worked as an administrator at the Orange County Department of Education for several years. Currently I am the Secondary Mathematics Specialist at GUSD. In addition to my educational career, I was elected to the school board in South Pasadena -the city where I lived prior to returning to Glendale. During my six-year tenure on the school board, I served as the School Board Clerk and eventually as the School Board President.
Why I am Running
I am running for the office of City Clerk because I care deeply about Glendale, my hometown, and I want to use my skills to make it the best city that it could be for my daughter and for future generations. I believe that my city deserves a qualified candidate for City Clerk who is passionate about transparency, access and voter empowerment. I believe that I am this candidate. As a working mother and educator of 24 years, I understand the need for our residents to have easy access to information about city services and processes. As an experienced educational administrator and small business owner, I have extensive knowledge in record keeping, managing staff, interfacing with the public, and ensuring organizational compliance with the law. As a former school board clerk and school board president, I have a deep understanding of the Brown Act, the Public Records Act and fair political practices within governmental entities. We have a wonderfully diverse and multilingual city. I am committed to ensuring that all residents have modernized and accessible city records, services and information. I will advocate for all eligible voters to be able to fully participate in the electoral process.
Grew up in Glendale
Graduated from GHS
Mathematics B.A. & Math Education M.A.
Secondary Mathematics Educator
SPUSD, LAUSD, GUSD
Ph.D. in Education
Mathematics & Education Professor
Loyola Marymount, UCLA, Occidental College. Pictured left is a class I taught at UCLA
School Board Clerk
South Pasadena Unified School District
School Board President
South Pasadena Unified School District
County Office of Education Administrator
Orange County Department of Education During my work at OCDE I had the pleasure of meeting Sylvia Mendez of the historic Mendez v. Westminster landmark desegregation case of 1946 in OC.
Congressional Woman of the Year
Awarded by Congresswoman Judy Chu
Secondary Mathematics Specialist
GUSD Teaching & Learning Department
"Dr. Suzie Abajian is a passionate advocate for voter protections and voter empowerment and her track record of public service has demonstrated her commitment to good government and public transparency when in public office. I proudly support Dr. Abajian for Glendale City Clerk because I know she will not only expand access to local government, but improve participation in the City of Glendale for generations to come."
Adrin NazarianCalifornia Assemblymember
"She cares deeply about the community. She takes great responsibility in her role as a board member and carries out her duties and fiduciary responsibility seriously with great integrity. She is respectful to all people."
Dr. Geoff YantzSPUSD Superintendent
"She governs from her heart. She has a very strong moral character."
Dr. Michele KipkeSPUSD School Board Member
"Her leadership qualities are subtle and she is respectful of other perspectives, yet she is organized and precise in communicating and executing her vision."