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Mayoral & City Council Candidate Forums to Focus on Community & Business Development Issues

Published Wednesday, October 23, 2019 12:00 pm

The Marion Economic Development Corporation and Marion Chamber of Commerce will jointly host a mayoral and city council candidate forum featuring individuals seeking election in the City of Marion.

The forum will take place Thursday, October 24 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Lowe Park Arts & Environment Center, 4500 North 10th Street in Marion.

The forums will follow a question and answer format of predetermined questions while also giving voters an opportunity to submit questions to a moderator. The first hour of the forum will feature council candidates running for the At Large, Ward 1, and Ward 3 seats. Candidates include:


Council At Large                                        Council Ward 1                                          Council Ward 2

Paul Draper (Incumbent)                       Colette Atkins (Incumbent)                   Will Brandt (Incumbent)

Grant Harper                                              Dwight Hogan                                             Mikeal Tope

The second hour of the forum will feature candidates running to be elected Mayor of Marion. Invited candidates include Nicolas AbouAssaly (Incumbent) and Mary Lou Pazour.  

The public is invited and encouraged to attend the forum. The combined City and School elections will be held Tuesday, November 5, 2019.

Voters may request absentee ballots until 10 days before the general election by visiting The same website provides an online tool for voters to find their polling location.


The Marion Economic Development Corporation exists to be economic development thought leaders who drive competitive advantage for Marion.

The mission of the Marion Chamber of Commerce is to be a lead advocate for the business community, creating an attractive environment where businesses will flourish, and citizens achieve the highest quality of life.

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