Shannon will continue to bring important representation to Columbus City Council!
Shannon G. Hardin was born at St. Ann’s hospital and grew up on the far edge of Columbus in Southfield. Raised by his mother Kennetha and his father Oliver, Shannon attended Africentric K-8 and Columbus Alternative High School before heading south to Morehouse College in Atlanta.
As a young man, Shannon found his love for public service while interning in “The Mayor’s Action Center.” After seeing the long lines in the 2004 election due to voter suppression, Shannon and his classmates helped start Youth at the Booth to increase the number of poll workers and engage young folks in the democratic process. Prior to joining Council, Council President Hardin served as Mayor Coleman’s External Affairs Manager. Shannon’s efforts increased the City’s score on the Human Rights Campaign’s Municipal Equality Index to a perfect 100 out of 100. In addition to creating a more inclusive city for LGTBQ residents, Council President Hardin developed programs around community-based violence intervention, African-American male wellness, and anti-recidivism.
Shannon Hardin focuses on fostering an inclusive economy by building mass transit and affordable housing, empowering small and minority businesses, and bridging opportunity gaps for boys and young men of color. Regardless of the issue, Council President Hardin views public policy through the saying, “If it’s not for all, then it’s not for us.”
Shannon lives on the historic Near East Side of Columbus with his husband Ben and his son Noah.