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

 


5th Ward, Leslie Cunningham                              
Term expires 12/31/2017

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

email: lesliemarioncitycouncil@gmail.com

I work at Comunale full time as a Field Coordinator at the Marion Office. I attend Dayspring Wesleyan with my husband and 3 children. I was born and raised in Marion and look forward to serving our great City. Please contact me with any concerns.

Leslie currently sits on the following Committees:

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

6th Ward, Dale Osborn
Term expires 12/31/2017

682 Harding Road
Marion, Ohio 43302
740-360-2312 - Cell

E-Mail:  dosborn3@roadrunner.com

Dale currently serves on the following committees:

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

 


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

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, Dr. Scot Gray                        
Term expires 12/31/2017

858 Vernon Heights Cir
Marion Ohio, 43302
614-205-7526

e-mail:  drscot@ohiobackpain.com

Dr Scot Gray is the owner and director of The Ohio Neck & Back Pain Relief Centers in Marion, Ohio as well as Gray Marketing Enterprises, LLC.  He has been featured on NBC, ABC, Lifetime Television, WMRN, and several other programs for his expertise in eliminating back pain, neck pain, and headaches.  Dr Gray has been featured in books by Dan Kennedy and Advantage Media Group for his expertise in marketing. Dr Gray is a Certified Partner with Digital Marketer, leading his field in digital marketing and advertising.

He is the Author of GOOD BACK, BAD BACK: The 10 Things Women Must Know To Eliminate Pain and Look and Feel Younger, which is available on Amazon.com.  He has presented over 750 lectures around Ohio on health, marketing, and advertising. Dr Gray is also member of the Advantage Media Speakers National Network.

Dr Gray also writes blogs for Wellsphere.com.  He graduated from Logan College of Chiropractic in 2003 with his Doctorate in Chiropractic and his Bachelor’s Degree in Human Biology.  He started his own practice in Marion in June, 2004. Dr Gray built his chiropractic business in a way that he could step out and run it as CEO to really create scale in the business.

Dr Gray has focused on delivering the highest quality of back and neck pain relief with the latest technology available including Chiropractic care, Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression, and Cold Laser Therapy. His main focus is on severe neck and back pain cases such as degenerative discs and herniated discs.

Dr Scot Gray grew up in Upper Arlington and moved to Marion in September of 2013.

Dr Scot lives with his wife and daughter in Marion with their 2 black lab dogs.  Dr Gray loves being an active member in his church as a guitar player on the worship team. Dr Gray is a district director and board member of the Ohio State Chiropractic Association and a past-president of the Marion Rotary Club.

Dr Scot has worked directly with business, marketing, and sales leaders such as Zig Ziglar and Dan Kennedy in high-level international marketing mastermind groups. Dr Gray teaches business leaders in Marion new strategies of marketing and advertising to increase and improve the systems in their businesses. Dr Gray has been hired to do marketing for multiple businesses around the country due to his level of marketing and sales experience.

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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)