MARION — Marion City Council will see two returning city commissioners and two new commissioners. Incumbent Doug Patton received 2,062 votes in the Consolidated Election on Tuesday, followed closely by incumbent Jim Webb with 2,061 votes. Newcomers John Monroe Barwick Jr., with 1,457 votes, and John Stoecklin, with 1,779 votes, also were elected.
They, along with mayor-elect Mike Absher, will lead the city for the next four years.
Patton works for Illinois Department of Transportation in land acquisition and is the appraisal and acquisition supervisor. He was elected to City Council and served from 2011 to 2015. He was appointed to fill the term of Anthony Rinella in 2018 after Rinella was named mayor upon Mayor Bob Butler’s retirement. Patton also served on Marion Park Board from 2003 to 2011.
Patton thanked his supporters for their votes and their vote of confidence in him.
“I’m looking forward to great things to come,” Patton said.
Webb was first elected to Marion City Council in 2015. He works for Southern Illinois Power Cooperative at the power plant at Lake of Egypt.
“I am very happy the way the turnout went,” Webb said. “It looks like I was in second place, one vote behind Doug Patton.”
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He added that he has known Patton since high school and he is a great guy.
“I congratulate all the commissioners and the new mayor. I look forward to a great four years and to get a lot accomplished for the city of Marion,” Webb said.
Barwick is a retired master sergeant with Illinois State Police. He also owned a home construction company in Marion.
“I want to thank everybody who supported me and voted for me,” Barwick said.
He also congratulated the other winners, and even those who didn’t win, for their desire to get involved. Barwick added that he and Councilman John Goss ran close all evening. When the early and absentee votes were counted, Barwick pulled into the lead by 89 votes.
“I’m looking forward to a couple of weeks when the votes are certified and we can hit the ground running,” Barwick said.
Stoecklin is a pharmacist. He served on Marion School Board, with two years as school board president. He looks forward to serving with the returning and new council members.
“It’s great. It’s entirely humbling. I appreciate the confidence of the voters,” Stoecklin said.
Incumbent Commissioner Angelo Hightower did not run for re-election. Instead, he ran for mayor.
It will take at least 10 days to certify election results. Marion City Council meets the second and fourth Monday of each month, so new council and mayor are likely to be sworn in on April 22.