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Examiner
  • Deborah Solomon running for U.S. Senate

  • Solomon, an Independence resident who has twice run unsuccessfuly for the Independence Board of Education, announced she is running for the U.S. Senate seat of the retiring Kit Bond.

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  • Deborah Solomon has decided to put her concerns about society’s direction into action.
    Solomon, an Independence resident who has twice run unsuccessfuly for the Independence Board of Education, announced she is running for the U.S. Senate.
    “I’m thinking with God’s help, I’m going to go ahead and run,” she said.
    Solomon, 48, says she’s an economic centrist who wants to bring attention to such as issues as teachers being afraid of violence in the schools and families in which children have to move around a lot, sometimes being abused. She also has concerns about materials used in schools, some of which she says are basically X-rated.
    “And I believe that now is the time to seize the day and turn the tide for the next generation,” she said.
    She has a little different idea for running for high office. Solomon, who substitute teaches in the Fort Osage School District and does some marketing work as well, has long been active in the community and written letters to the editor with her concerns. She says that through Facebook, MySpace and Twitter, she has amassed 11,000 contacts and potential supporters.
    “That levels the playing field a whole lot, in my opinion,” she said.
    Sen. Christopher S. “Kit” Bond is retiring after four terms, and those considered front-runners in the race for that seat in November 2010 are Republican Congressman Roy Blunt and Democratic Secretary of State Robin Carnahan. Solomon said she’s been talking with both parties and has some time before having to commit to either.
    “There is a good possibility that I could be running as an independent,” she said.
    Solomon said it’s imporant in politics to find common ground and build relationships. She also said health care is an important issue but that President Obama has leaned too far to the left on the economic aspects of it. A balance is needed, she said, on issues such as the bailouts of banks and other large companies.
    “I never believe that you just give a blank check and don’t have an audit,” she said. On economic issues, she said, she might be line with a senator such as Missouri’s Claire McCaskill, a Democrat.
    Solomon acknowledges that she’ll need to raise lots of money to run but says the Internet is a great way to get her message out there.
    “I can share, at a national level, all of the things that I’ve been involved with in the community,” she said.
    Want to learn more?
    Go to Facebook and search for “Deborah Solomon for United States Senate from Missouri” to post a comment or ask Solomon a question.

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