“Improvement in teacher pay, the importance of early childhood preparation and family involvement in every child’s successful education are all key components of my approach to improving Mississippi’s public education system. Additionally, providing our students with alternative educational opportunities, such as vocational skills training, and apprenticeships is essential.
As a new legislator, I would work with those that know education best, such as teachers, administrators and educational leaders as well as the Mississippi Public Education PAC, to determine how to best address improving our public education system.
Above all, our communities, state leaders and elected officials must be committed to making education a priority. The future of Mississippi depends on the success of our public education system.”
~ DANA McLEAN
ABOUT THE CANDIDATE
A native of Lowndes County, Dana McLean graduated from Stephen D. High School in Columbus, Mississippi. She received a Bachelor of Arts in French and international studies from the University of Alabama. She later earned a Juris Doctor and a Master of Laws in international law and business from Stetson University College of Law in Gulfport, Florida.
McLean practiced law in Tampa, Florida, for 14 years until she returned to Columbus. She currently serves as a realtor for Century 21, Doris Hardy & Associates, where she participates in the “We Close for Kids” program, which donates a portion of every sale to local children’s programs.
Her community service efforts include serving as a troop leader for Girl Scouts of America for six years and volunteering for a school in Tampa, Florida, where she helped with fundraising to provide free tuition, meals and supplies for students in Uganda. Additionally, she spearheaded a fundraiser to build a medical center in Uganda to provide healthcare for mothers and children.
McLean has a 20-year-old daughter, Madison, who graduated from the Mississippi School for Math & Science, and is a junior at the University of Alabama, majoring in journalism/news media and political science.
ABOUT HOUSE DISTRICT 39
Counties represented: Lowndes and Monroe counties
School Districts represented: Columbus Municipal School District, Lowndes County School District, Monroe County School District, Aberdeen School District