Shelly Solomon kicked off her bid to become the next School Board Member in District 4 by hosting a “Campaign Kick-Off” in Coral Springs on Monday night.
Held at Meyer’s Latin Flair Restaurant, Solomon was joined by her four children, friends and supporters.
District 4 covers Tamarac, Coral Springs, Parkland, North Lauderdale, and parts of Margate where there are five other candidates in the race.
Solomon is no stranger to competition. Originally from Washington D.C., she has been living in Florida full-time since she was 11. In college, she was an All-American tennis player having won the NCAA team championship, then turned professional in 1982. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from UCLA with a B.A. in Political Science then graduated Magna Cum Laude from Nova University Law School.
After being admitted to the Florida Bar in 1992, Solomon became an Assistant State Attorney for Broward County. She then went on to become a Partner and Of Counsel for a Coral Springs law firm and a volunteer for Legal Aid Services.
I’m ready to lead. I’ve been a parent activist and I want to be part of a leadership role of a higher level. I want to make sure that when we make decisions it’s for the best interest of the kids. As a school board member I’m going to do my due diligence to make sure I’m asking the right questions so we all get accurate information when we make decisions.
As a mother to four children, Solomon became active as both parent and volunteer where one of her passions is Anti-Bullying. She became co-chair of the Broward School District’s Anti-Bullying Task Force where her efforts led to the adoption of the School District’s Anti-Bullying Policy.
“Bullying greatly affects how kids do at school,” said Solomon. “I see such a lack of respect (between others). I see it with kids and adults. If left unchecked we’re going to see more incidents of suicide rising. We have to start educating children early.”
At the event, Solomon introduced Alex Novell, a sophomore at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School who was bullied while he was in middle school. Now, as a young filmmaker he has taken what he has learned and produced a video about bullying showing his experience first-hand.
Solomon believes that there has to be a mutual respect that starts at the top of the KC Wright building down to the the principals, so that when children go to school they feel safe, and there is an adult they can go to for help.
“Once elected, I would like to go out and find the parents, and find out what are their needs are so they can be more involved in their children’s schools.”