There has never been any doubt that Ben Solomon loves his city, and his last term in office should attest to that.
It hasn’t been an easy last couple of years for Solomon, as his time on the El Centro City Council has been marred by his health, surgeries and now confinement to a wheelchair. Yet trough it all, Solomon has stayed positive, present at city functions and representing the people.
physical therapy and make way for another member of the community who will serve with Solomon’s equal. Solomon understands this, so he contacted us to announce his intention to not seek re-election.
As a two-term councilman, the Solomon serving the city of El Centro now is a very different person from the man who won election almost eight years ago. That was the Solomon who strode into rooms in multi-colored suits and impeccable shoes, charismatic, energetic and able to light up the room with his attitude and friendliness.
Some would argue he hasn’t really lost a step in terms of twinkle in the eye, but Solomon would be the first to say that isn’t true, and stepping aside is what’s best for him and his family, as well as the community. That’s a brave admission in an age when giving up power and position can be the most difficult thing possible for a man or woman.
Solomon has quite a record to hang his hat on, and he can now retire from civic life knowing he did his job well.
In the past we have questioned whether Solomon was pushing the envelope hard enough as a mayor, whether he should have been working harder to drive and push issues. Those were valid concerns, but it’s also true that hard-charging isn’t everyone’s style, and especially not for a man who has perfected the silky smooth delivery.
Solomon is a man of the people, a mayor and councilman who listened and sought input and brought a smile to people’s faces. And, lastly, no one can ever take from him the fact that he served two terms in which despite a terrible economy in California and for cities throughout the Valley, El Centro stayed relatively healthy and stable, with no layoffs. This fall alone he will see the sports complex break ground, the skate park break ground and a new community pool come closer to fruition.
It’s been a good run for Solomon on the El Centro City Council, and he will be missed. We hope he feels better soon.
Ben Solomon not running for re-election.
Councilmember will be missed for all his work.
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