Rob Solomon, chairman of Beaverton's Human Rights Advisory Commission, last week announced he will run for the Beaverton City Council Position 3 seat.
Solomon, a private-practice mental health counselor in Beaverton for 20 years, said he's running for the seat Council President Cathy Stanton will leave vacant after she completes her term this year.
Stanton, the longest-serving current city councilor, said in December she would not run for another term after 18 years of service.
Solomon was appointed four years ago to serve on the commission and elected to the chairman position in his second year. He said he's ready to apply his experience to help the city move forward with its goals.
'The chance to serve the city in this capacity has allowed me to learn much about the struggles many of our residents face each day,' he said in his announcement. 'Our city is reaching out, but more needs to be done. Beaverton's minorities offer a vast richness of talent and experience that our city must seek to embrace.'
In the council race, Solomon joins Mark Fagin, a small business owner and volunteer chairman of Beaverton's Visioning Advisory Committee, who announced in early January he would run for the Position 3 seat.
A 30-year veteran in the mental-health counseling field, Solomon said he honed his listening and problem-solving skills through decades of work with individuals, families and groups. He said he believes he has a clear understanding of the kind of leadership the council needs.
'Living in Beaverton for over 20 years, managing my own small business and volunteering to help Beaverton residents to gain access to equal rights and opportunities has given me an opportunity to provide the kind of leadership our residents need,' he said. 'As a city councilor, I want to create avenues to deepen the quality of the communication between city government and everyone in Beaverton. I believe I have the skills to provide just that kind of leadership.'
Author of the book 'Full Esteem Ahead,' Solomon has taught classes for local colleges and universities and provided training programs for various government and business organizations.
He said he supports efforts to minimize duplication of services in the city.
'Everyone I have met who works for the city of Beaverton appears to work smart and well. But I would push for a review to ensure we are making the best use of fiscal and human resources,' he said.
Solomon supports the city's efforts to provide more affordable alternatives for health care and wellness.
'Our city has an ever-growing homeless population, young and old, and too many people who can't access affordable health care,' he said. 'The city is working on some excellent strategies to address these issues, and I'm committed to bring more to the table.
'We need more partners and greater collaboration to move these efforts along further and faster.'
Solomon said he supports continuing the city's pioneering efforts in developing solar-power industries and would like to see the city explore ideas to bring other environmentally sound businesses to Beaverton.
'We are quite a green city, and we should all be proud. We can be greener still,' he said. 'Not only is promoting green industry healthy for our population, green industry brings sustainable employment opportunities.'
For more information, visit Solomon's campaign website at www.robsolomonforbeavertoncouncil.com .