Marion made history in November of 2023 when a young, hardworking hometown campaigner, Ronald Morrell, Jr., was elected as the next Mayor of Marion. The news received statewide and even national attention as Morrell, Jr. notably became the city’s first Black mayor, and Indiana’s first Black Republican mayor.
As the city begins to celebrate Black History Month this February, 2024, Mayor Morrell expressed what it means to be “Making History” while achieving his dream.
“Fulfilling the role of serving the citizens of Marion is a realization of a long-held aspiration. It is a calling that I am committed to pursuing for as long as God permits. The profound significance of being the inaugural Black mayor to serve in this capacity is truly beyond words. Hailing from the Pettiford family, with historical roots deeply embedded in this community, I reflect on the past with a sense of gratitude. I wish my ancestors, who settled here many years ago, could glimpse into the future to witness the fulfillment of their legacy through their descendant assuming a leadership role in the city.”
Since his childhood, Mayor Morrell has held inspiration and sense of pride and gratitude from his hardworking family, particularly his grandfather, who taught him many lessons in life to become what he is today.
“My professional success has been significantly influenced by the profound impact of my grandfather, Robert Morrell. A key lesson imparted by him is the importance of diligence. Having been immersed in the floor covering trade from a young age, I gained a deep appreciation for the significance of hard work. Furthermore, his steadfast commitment to faith and family have been instrumental in shaping my core values. Through his guidance, I internalized the principles of prioritizing God, which laid the foundation for my values of Faith, Family, and Hard work.”
As he embarks on the new chapter of leadership, Morrell, one month in office, is beginning to fulfill his mission to make Marion a better place.
“The position of Mayor necessitates me to be a visionary, connector, and cheerleader for our city and its residents. I am fully committed to fulfilling these roles to the best of my ability. My vision for Marion revolves around transforming it into a Clean City that not only promotes economic growth but also cultivates a robust workforce while championing the aspirations of the next generation.”