I'm Steve Solomon and I'm running for Montgomery County Board of Education - District 4. I am a lifelong resident of Montgomery County. My parents were immigrants who fled Europe in the 1940s. They came to Montgomery County in the 1960s and never left. Both spent their careers working for the federal government. My father at the FDA working in food safety and my mother at the VA fighting for benefits for injured military service members. I've lived and worked in Rockville, Silver Spring, Bethesda, Wheaton, and Olney.
I'm not a politician. I'm just an average middle class guy who wants to help the community he's been a part of his whole life.
My career thus far has been mostly in radio. After graduating from the University of Maryland with a degree in Economics, I was able to follow my dream of working in radio. I've spent the past 19 years as a producer and host in talk radio. If you've ever listened to Solly (the name most people know me as on the radio) you'll know that I tell it like it is and pull no punches.
I've had various jobs in school and before radio: carpenter, ticket office worker, library, lawn mowing.
Over the last several years, I've gotten more involved in Montgomery County issues – volunteering for boards, committees, nonprofits, and political campaigns. I even spent over a year co-hosting a weekly podcast all about things that are happening in Montgomery County. I ran for County Council in 2018 as well.
Why am I running for the Board of Education?
Like most people, I used to not understand "government". It's mystical and foreign to many of us. What do they do? How do they get things done? On a local level, government is different. The Board of Education budget accounts for nearly half of the county's total operating budget. They decide on how $2.6 billion is spent. They create policy and rules that affect 160,000 Montgomery County students and their families. I believe that students and parents want their board members to give them real answers and solutions to their problems. I want to do things that are in the best interest of all the students in our schools.