Marian C. Solomon-Gaines – District III
First elected in 2004
Employed by State of Georgia Department of Children and Family Services as Quality Assurance Specialist.
Children: Kimberly and Jordan Gaines
Place of Birth – Waycross, Georgia
Education: Albany State (college) University – B. A. in Sociology
Marian is the daughter of Mrs. Valencia Thomas Solomon and the late Donel Solomon, Sr. Marian and her family are active members of Greater Mt. Zion A. M. E. Church, where she is a member of the Mass Choir. In her decision to seek political office, Marian gives credit to the nurturing influence of her family and church. “From the time I was a child, I understood that in order for my community to grow, I had to take an active part in it. Everyone, my family, pastors, teachers and Community Leaders have all played a part in instilling the principles of Christian Values and Community Service in me. Each and every day, I try my best to uphold those values.”
Marian is certainly a take action person in this community. She is involved in many projects and organizations. Always an advocate for children, youth and families, Marian had an active part in the development of the Daisy Youth Center and the McKinney Community Health Center. From 1989 to 1997, she served as a Commissioner for the Housing Authority of the City of Waycross. Marian is also a 1992 graduate of Leadership Waycross and was a participant in The 1993 City of Waycross Citizen’s Police Academy. Marian has served on the ML King Holiday Commission since 2002. She is also active in the Gilmore Street Community.
Marian states that District Three is a very important district in the City of Waycross. “We have worked very hard to make this the type of area that anyone would love to live in. We take pride in our neighborhoods and want to see them grow into something really special. If we are organized, work together and all have the same common goals, we can make things happen in District Three!” “I have a vision for this district, one that I will work very hard to accomplish. I have a passion to always do the right thing. With my drive and the support of the residents in this district, that vision will materialize!”
Awards and Accomplishments
- “Untiring Devotion to the MLK, Jr. Holiday Commission: 2003-2009
- Outstanding Community Service Awards from Phi Delta Kappa: 2007 and 2010
- Selected as on of “16 Most Influential Blacks in South Georgia 2010” by the South Georgia Journal
- Library Board
- Public Safety Board
- Bailey Street Pool Committee.
Goals for District
To work hard to make sure that vacant lots cleaned up and empty, dilapidated houses either torn down or renovated. There are already three very strong neighborhood organizations in this district. I want to see one in every neighborhood.