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Makenzie McDaniel - District 5
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Mr. Makenzie McDaniel was born and raised in DeKalb County.  He is a 2003 graduate of Chamblee High School.  Upon graduating from high school, Mr. McDaniel honorably served 12 years in the Army Reserve achieving the rank of Staff Sergeant. During his time in the Armed Forces, Mr. McDaniel deployed to Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom.  While serving in the military, Mr. McDaniel served as a DeKalb County police officer for 8 years achieving the rank of Master Police Officer.  He is an ordained Elder in the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church and pastors the Trinity CME Church, Gainesville, GA.   

In seeking public service to his community, Mr. McDaniel’s motivation on running for the Board of Education is to increase community engagement and awareness, a voice for the silenced, a catalyst of positive change and increased accountability and engagement.  Mr. McDaniel’s favorite quote and guiding principle in serving his community is that of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter”.

Mr. McDaniel is the proud and humble husband to Mrs. McDaniel. Together they have four children. He has earned a Bachelor of Science in Management and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Phoenix. Mr. McDaniel is also a member of the University of Phoenix, National Society of Leadership and Success, Sigma Alpha Pi Chapter.



Represents the following schools:

Dutchtown cluster:
Dutchtown ES*, Pate's Creek ES*, Dutchtown MS*, Dutchtown HS*
Eagle's Landing cluster:
Oakland ES*, Eagle's Landing MS, Eagle's Landing HS
Hampton cluster:
Hampton ES*, Mt. Carmel ES*, Rocky Creek ES, Hampton MS, Hampton HS
Locust Grove cluster:
Locust Grove MS, Locust Grove HS
Luella cluster:
Luella ES, Luella MS, Luella HS
McDonough cluster:
Tussahaw ES, Wesley Lakes ES, McDonough MS, McDonough HS
Ola cluster:
New Hope ES, Ola MS, Ola HS


HCS Board Member since January 6, 2021

Term ends December 31, 2024

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