- Associated Press - Friday, December 26, 2014

MARION, Ill. (AP) - A southern Illinois mayor who’s been in office for more than a half century is seeking a 14th term, but he’s again got some competition.

WSIL-TV (http://bit.ly/1zY2TCT ) reports that Marion Mayor Bob Butler is facing challenges in next April’s election from commercial real-estate agent Ann Colborn and Charles Montgomery.

Butler has been mayor of the 17,000 Williamson County seat since 1963, when John F. Kennedy was president.

But Colborn believes it’s time for new blood in the office. That 33-year Marion resident says “times are changing, and I think we’re going to have to change with the times.”

The election is on April 7.

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Information from: WSIL-TV, http://www.wsiltv.com

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