Hardin Teams up with Barroso de Padilla, Bankston for Council Campaign
Columbus City Council President Shannon Hardin announced he will campaign for reelection in 2021 with two new City Council candidates.
Lourdes Barroso de Padilla, who previously was certified to appear on the ballot after being one of five candidates to qualify, and Nick Bankston, who filed petition with the Board of Elections to run in this year’s election but did not advance to the ballot, will appear on the Nov. 2 general election ballot following recent withdrawals from incumbents.
Council members Priscilla Tyson and Mitchell Brown recently announced they do not plan to seek reelection and would retire after serving out the rest of their terms. However, those announcements came after a filing deadline to run for this fall’s election.
Hardin, Barroso de Padilla, and Tom Sussi were the only remaining candidates to appear on the ballot for the November election. But according to a campaign announcement, President Hardin’s petition committee filed Monday, April 19, to add Bankston to one of the open petition spots, to “ensure voters have Democratic candidates to choose for the three seats.”
“I spent the last several weeks talking to dozens of neighborhood leaders, elected and Democratic Party officials, and community stakeholders about how Council can rise to meet the challenges our city faces,” said President Hardin, in the announcement. “I’m proud to run alongside candidates who will put everything on the line to win and represent our growing city. Nick and Lourdes have the energy, life experiences, and dedication to move Columbus forward.”
Barroso de Padilla and Bankston both launched campaigns for City Council in 2020. Bankston’s inclusion means three de facto Democrats will be on the ballot, in addition to Sussi.
“If elected, I will be honored to serve as the first Latinx person on the Columbus City Council. As the daughter of immigrants, a product of Columbus City Schools, a wife and a mother, I will bring a new perspective and voice to council,” said Barroso de Padilla. “I look forward to working with our communities to create a city that leaves no one behind and is centered on creating opportunities for people and families to thrive.”
“I am running for City Council because Columbus is my home, and I want to build a city that is equitable, sustainable, and worthy of the next generation,” said Bankston. “I have been shaped by service and I’m committed to our community. I know together we can tackle the issues that we face and continue to move Columbus forward for all.”