Councilman Nate Shannon
History and Evaluation of the Candidate
Nate Shannon is an economics and government teacher in the L’Anse Creuse school district who ran unsuccessfully for city council in 2013.
In 2014, Mr. Shannon formed One Sterling Heights, an advocacy group that was created to support the passage of the now-rescinded LGBT Anti-Discrimination Ordinance in Sterling Heights.
Upon the death of Mayor Richard Notte in 2014, a vacancy formed on council when now-Mayor Michael Taylor was appointed as Notte’s replacement.
A search for an appointee to the post brought out several candidates, including Mr. Shannon, who came in seventh in the field of council candidates for the 2013 election, just missing an elected post. Council was satisfied that Mr. Shannon represented a significant part of the will of the electorate given his near-election in 2013, and apparently felt that his subsequent activism showed a dedication to good governance in the city. He accepted an appointment to council and was sworn into office.
In the nine months he has served on council, he has worked well with other members of the group. If I have one criticism of Mr. Shannon it is that he has struggled a bit to ‘find his voice’ in the early part of his term. He has made a couple of advances in this regard, however, having recently hosted a financial seminar for Sterling Heights Senior Citizens, and is championing a move to put the city’s trash hauling contract out for a competitive bid in the hopes of saving the taxpayers a significant amount of money.
I recommend you vote for Nate Shannon on November 3, 2013