Hardin, fourth in the five-person battle for Position 5, on what she learned during her campaign: “I learned that the lack of a local newspaper and radio station make a big difference in how well a candidate can reach the community. My first campaign in 2019 was much more successful because I had a way to reach the entire city and not just those on social media.
“I also believe that things happen for a reason, and I look at my loss in a very positive light. My mother was recently diagnosed with stage 4 cancer and I will be one of her caregivers over the next months or years. Being responsible for Council duties would have been an extra load that would take away from what I can do for her.”
On her wishes for the city:
“My hopes for Ocean Shores are that the City will finally decide to be a vibrant city with a tourism bonus; meaning we take care of our residents first. We absolutely need a solid development plan to ensure retaining green spaces for nature and wildlife, stable jobs and housing, and no more growth simply for the sake of growth. If the rumors I hear about a proposed RV Park are true, I shudder to think how much our roads and other infrastructure will be impacted. We have a sad track record when it comes to seeing pitfalls; preferring to react to rather than plan for outcomes. My hope is that a Council with community-led goals will put us on a healthy path to the future.”