Shawna Noble, a 42-year-old Hamilton native, is running for Hamilton City Council with plans to continue the city’s business growth. She wants to develop the riverfront, foster job opportunities that pay living wages and battle the heroin epidemic.
“As a Butler County employee — I’ve worked for the government for the past 15 years — I just have a passion to help others, and to help bring resources to others, and to help revitalize our city,” said Noble, who works as the county’s wellness coordinator. In that position she helps Butler County employees live healthier lifestyles, be wiser medical consumers and “ultimately, control insurance rates” for the county, she said.
With Council member Rob Wile choosing to not seek re-election this November, there will be at least one new person on council in January.
A 1993 Hamilton High School graduate, she earned her bachelor’s degree in organizational behavior from Miami University in 1998 and an MBA in healthcare management in 2007.
Someone who uses a motorized wheelchair because a fence post impaled her body during a car wreck when she was 16, she is a motivational speaker, because, “Of course, through God’s help, I survived the accident, but it’s also part of my passion. I have seen the efforts of my hard work, and I want to provide people with encouragement that they can achieve their dreams.”
Noble is board president of the Partnership for Housing and Friends of Citizens with Disabilities and is a commissioner representative on two boards: the Butler County Board of Developmental Disabilities and Butler County Elderly Services Board.
She calls Hamilton “a wonderful area that many people are not aware of all the opportunities to live, work and play here” and wishes the city’s residents would support businesses in the city.
“I think Hamilton is an under-appreciated city,” Noble said.
She believes she’d be successful on City Council because she has “a strong dedication to whatever I do.”
“I’m able to identify with all walks of life, whether it’s someone who’s the richest of the rich, or the poorest of the poor,” Noble said. “I understand the value of hard work.”
While she approves of many things Hamilton’s city government is doing, she wants “to roll out the red carpet” to businesses that are wanting to locate here.
“The one thing I have heard from businesses that have thought about coming to this area is that the process to invest here has been difficult, and that’s one thing I hope to change,” she said.
She also wants to improve the city’s infrastructure, encourage recreational opportunities for children, young adults and families, and partner with local religious and non-profit groups to battle drug addictions.