• Last modified 439 days ago (May 10, 2023)


Recall petitions never submitted

Staff writer

No recall election seeking to oust Marion city council member Ruth Herbel will be conducted because no petitions seeking to remove her were turned over to the county clerk by the Monday deadline to have 201 signatures certified.

The petition was sponsored by Marion mayor David Mayfield; his wife, Jami; Kathern Swan; Margaret Wilson; Morgan Makovec Looney; and Marion electric supervisor Steve Hart.

Swan is the mother of interim city clerk Becky Makovec. Looney is Makovec’s daughter.

Herbel said Tuesday that she was not surprised no petitions were presented to the county clerk.

“I didn’t think it would ever fly anyway,” Herbel said. “I wasn’t worried about it, and I’m glad they didn’t file it.”

Herbel plans to file for another term. Her current term expires in January.

Despite helping launch recall petitions, Mayfield last month appointed Herbel as vice-mayor.

Last modified May 10, 2023