Current Council Members

1st Ward, Ralph Cumston
Term expires 12/31/2017

1060 Bahama Drive
Marion, Ohio 43302
740-383-4500 (Home)

e-mail:  rcumston@msn.com

Has been a member of council for 19 years, has served on Finance Committee, Municipal Parks and Recreation, Public Utilities, Streets and Sewers, Legislation Codes and Regulations, Traffic Commission, Information Systems in order to obtain a well rounded experience of all committee functions.  He has been a member of Good Faith Baptist Church over 25 years and has served on its church board.  Head of set-up, tear-down and general maintenance for Saturday In the Park since its inception.

Ralph resides in Marion with his wife Patty and two children Megan and Andy.  Ralph has two grown children, Dawn who resides in Marion and his son Shawn who is a member of the Marines.  He also has seven grandchildren. Ralph encourages you to feel free to call, send a letter, e-mail or stop by to speak with him about your concerns.

"Together we can make Marion a better place to live and raise our families," says Ralph Cumston.

Ralph currently serves on the following committees:

  • Finance, Chair
  • Municipal Services, Parks & Recreation, Chair
  • Airport, Lands & Buildings
  • Public Utilities

2nd Ward, Ayers Ratliff
Term expires 12/31/2017

411 Oak Street
Marion, Ohio 43302
740-223-0070 (Home)

e-mail:  ayersratliff@gmail.com

2015 marks a decade of service for 2nd Ward Councilman Ayers Ratliff, who is running unopposed in the November election.  Ayers and his wife Heidi will be celebrating their 10 year anniversary next month.  They have three children, Dusty, Del and Annie.  He is the Director of Racing Communications at Northfield Park, where he has worked since 2007.  Ayers is also a Tax Professional at H&R Block.  Ayers is a strong family man with deep roots in the second ward and is committed to the betterment of his ward and our entire City.

Ayers currently serves on the following committees:

  • Regional Planning
  • Airport, Lands & Buildings, Chair
  • Information Systems, Chair
  • Jobs & Economic Development, Chair

3rd Ward, Mike Thomas
Term expires 12/31/2017

974 Woodrow Avenue
Marion, Ohio 43302
740-387-8141 (Home)

e-mail:  ward3@marionohio.org

Married to Phyllis Eshman-Thomas, 3 Children, Michele Thomas, Kellie Devers, and Daniel Shields; 2 grandchildren, Kaitlyn Shields and Brooke Monakey. Have resided at 974 Woodrow Ave since 1968, after serving in the U.S. Army from 1964-1968; Employed by GTE/Verizon from 1968 to retirement in 2005.

I have served on City Council for 20 years and presently Chair of the Streets and Sewers Committee, as well as the Traffic Commission. Currently also a member of the Jobs and Economic Development Committee. I have been elected by my peers on City Council to the position of President Pro Tempore.

As a member of the community, I serve as The City of Marion’s representative to  Marion Can-Do Board, Rushmore Academy’s Board, as well as the Pioneer Healthy Community of the YMCA and one of the founding members of the West Side Neighborhood Group. I serve on these board in the interest of serving our Community, and as such, do not receive payment from them.

Please feel free to call, send a letter or e-mail your concerns.

Current Committees

  • Streets & Sewers, Chair
  • Jobs & Economic Development
  • Municipal Services, Parks & Recreation
  • Traffic Commission, Chair

4th Ward, Debbie Blevins
Term expires 12/31/2017

Debbie Blevins
181 Superior
Marion, Ohio 43302
740-383-9894
e-mail: bdlblevins@aol.com
 
Please feel free to call, send a letter or e-mail your concerns.

Debbie currently serves on the following committees:

  • Public Utilities, Chair
  • Streets & Sewers
  • Traffic Commission
  • Legislation, Codes & Regulations

 


Leslie Cunningham

5th Ward, term espires 12/31/17 

248 Cummins Ave
Marion, OH 43302
740-225-9068

email: lesliemarioncitycouncil@gmail.com

I was born and raised in Marion Ohio and currently work at the Marion County Recorders as the Customer Service Manager. I attend Dayspring Wesleyan Church with my family and am involved in volunteer opportunities. I also sit on the board of MPACT. I look forward to serving our great City. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.

Leslie currently sits on the following Committees:

  • Public Utilities
  • Streets & Sewers
  • Zoning & Annexation
  • Traffic Commission

Rich Huddle                                                              
6th Ward, Term expires 12/31/2017                                       

697 Uhler Rd.
Marion, OH 43302
740-225-9812
E-Mail:  hudzee@hotmail.com

Rick currently serves on the following committees and Commissions:

  • Airport Lands & Buildings
  • Finance
  • Legislation, Codes & Regulations
  • Boxing Commission

2 times voted for Republican of the Month,  7 years on the Marion County Republican Executive Committee. Master's degree from BGSU, instructor @ MTC, 30 years in Marion City Schools. Education Support - Rushmore Academy. Rick is happly married to Cheryl and has 4 boys and 3 grandchildren.


At Large, Beckie Gustin
Term expires 12/31/2017

623 Concord St
Marion, OH 43302
740-387-5442

e-mail: gusbus10@roadrunner.com

I was born and raised in Marion, Ohio. Attended the Ohio State University and graduated with a BS in education. I received a master’s degree in Teacher Effectiveness from Mount Saint Joseph in Cincinnati, Ohio. I have two daughters, Ashley and Page. I have been married for 38 years to Barry Gustin who is also from Marion. I attend Epworth Methodist Church and am very active in Junior Service Guild. I am a member of the Marion Education Foundation.

Beckie currenlty sits on the following Committees:

  • Information Systems, Chair
  • Regional Plannng, Chair
  • Jobs & Economic Development
  • Zoning & Annexation, Chair

     


At Large, Kevin Norris                                         
Term expires 12/31/2017

973 Colonial Ave
Marion OH 43302
740-360-1272

Email: norriscitycouncil@yahoo.com

Kevin and his wife Amanda are the 2nd generation owners of Norris Grocery and the owners of the Tailgate Bar and Grill. Kevin is a lifelong resident of Marion and a 1997 graduate of River Valley High School. Kevin is a member of the Chamber of Commerce and a member of the N.F.I.B.

Kevin currently sits on the following Committees:

  • Information Systems
  • Municipal Services, Parks & Recreation
  • Regional Planning

 


At Large, Josh Daniels
Term expires 12/31/2017

1093 Edison Ave.
Marion, Ohio 43302
740-361-5271

email: commissionerdaniels@yahoo.com

Age- 44; Married to Danielle Daniels, and father of three children, Bo, Lyra, and Della.

Self-employed real estate investor and home builder; Josh served in the U.S. Navy from 1989-1995 as a petty officer Graduated from Elgin High School and Tri-Rivers Career Center 1989. Graduated from Marion Technical College in Real Estate in 1995; Graduated from The Ohio State University in 1999 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics & Finance.

Served as a member of the Marion County Board of Elections and as a Marion County Commissioner.

As Chairman of Marion City Council’s Legislative and Codes Committee, Josh Daniels has introduced and passed legislation that improves protection of children against sexual predators, strengthened protections against incomplete demolition projects, such as the former AHP Factory and repealed several outdated laws, as they were no longer needed.

Josh currently sits on the following Committees:

  • Finance
  • Legislation, Codes & Regulations, Chair
  • Zoning & Annexation

 


President of Council, Kate Fisher          
Term expires 12/31/2017

198 1/2 West Center Street
Marion OH 43302
740-953-0196

e-mail:  katefishermarion@gmail.com

I am honored to serve in the position of Marion City Council President.  I was born and raised in Marion County, graduated from River Valley Local Schools, and have always had a passion for my hometown.  In fact, I moved back to Marion from Chicago three years ago with the goal in mind to give back to our community. In that time, I have worked with my family as Director of Real Estate at Fisher & Associates to save local historical buildings and turn them into useful spaces.  I’ve also started my digital marketing agency, Redbrick Social Media, to support local businesses in their digital marketing efforts. I currently reside in a loft in Downtown Marion with my significant other, Nick Dysart, and our dog, Tucker.

I have volunteered on numerous boards and commissions in Marion and state wide including the Jo Ann Davidson Ohio Leadership Institute, MarionMade! advisory board, TRECA Digital Academy, the Marion Technical College Foundation Board, and the Marion Area Entrepreneur Council. I want to be highly involved in our community and will continue to work hard to address the issues of our constitutents and the needs of Marion. 

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Irene Fulton, Clerk of Council    Linda Stzelecki, Clerk Pro Tempore
740-387-4935 (work)                           740-387-5865 (work)
740-244-9637 (cell)                              740-361-3524 (cell)