Welcome to Ward 8

Ward 8 spans most of Northwest Akron with portions of the Merriman Valley and Wallhaven. Parks like Sand Run Metro Park, Portage Country Club, and Hardesty Park make Ward 8 one of the greenest wards in Akron. As the home of the nationally-renowned Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens and portions of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Ward 8 is the perfect intersection of culture and nature.

There’s more to Ward 8 than just the great outdoors! Some of the City’s great local restaurants and businesses reside here as well. Running and fitness enthusiasts can check out Second Sole for shoe experts and world-class shoes and equipment. Shop smart at Happy Tails Thrift Shop where you can support the Summit County Humane Society while giving a new life to secondhand furniture, décor, and more. Ward 8 also has a wealth of eateries ranging from laid-back bites at Pub Bricco in the Valley to fine dining options like Ken Stewart’s Grille or Larry’s Main Entrance in Wallhaven.

Ward 8 Councilman James Hardy

James Hardy is a staunch advocate for the residents of Ward 8. Hardy has spent his career focusing on launching high-impact initiatives that build strong, equitable communities. As councilperson, James Hardy uses his years of experience to provide Ward 8 with the leadership needed to support the community.

Hardy is a lifelong resident of West Akron and a former Akron Public Schools student, having attended King, Litchfield, and Firestone schools. His love of Akron schools and providing opportunities to Akron youth is in his blood, as both his parents were Akron Public School teachers and administrators.

Along with leading initiatives and serving his community, James Hardy spends his time with his wife and two children. As an avid baseball fan and former WABL player, he has coached both his kids in little league and fastpitch softball. Not one to shy away from the stage or any opportunity to embarrass his children, Hardy also fronts a Yacht Rock cover band called Van Sailin’.

Contact James Hardy

Councilman James Hardy prides himself on being accessible to his constituents and has many methods he can be contacted.