MARION, Ill. (AP) -- The southern Illinois man believed to be among the nation's longest-serving active mayors will be adding to his tenure, which dates to when John F. Kennedy was president.
Voters in the 17,000-resident city of Marion elected 84-year-old Bob Butler on Tuesday to a 13th four-year term, and Butler says it will be his last.
Butler got 2,266 votes, 1,051 more votes than his nearest competitor in a three-person race.
Butler was first elected in 1963. He calls his latest victory humbling, "deeply gratifying" and a reflection of the faith voters have placed in him. He says winning never gets old.
Carolyn Swartos finished third in the race. She says running against Butler was an uphill fight, notably when it comes to trying to unseat a 48-year incumbent.
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