Mahomet businessman Marsh picked for county board vacancy

Mahomet businessman Marsh picked for county board vacancy

MAHOMET — Brooks Marsh, the owner of the Mahomet IGA and longtime civic leader in Mahomet, has been chosen by Republican precinct committeemen to be the new Champaign County Board member in District 1.

Marsh, 58, replaces John Jay, who retired from the board in February. Jay, a retired farmer and retired Corn Belt Fire Protection District chief, had served on the county board since 2003.

His retirement followed closely the announcement of the retirement of the other District 1 representative, Gary Maxwell. He was replaced in February by Jim Goss, also of Mahomet.

District 1 includes much of the northwestern quadrant of the county, encompassing Mahomet, Fisher, Seymour, Dewey and Foosland.

Marsh has been in the grocery business for more than 40 years. He and his wife, Tammy, have been heavily involved in countless community activities, according to Champaign County Republican Party Chairman Mark Ballard.

He is a past president of the Mahomet Chamber of Commerce and now serves as chairman of the Mahomet Economic Development board, a member of Mahomet Rotary Club, the IGA Hometown Proud Way to Serve and the Wounded Warrior Fundraising Committee.

The Marshes, who have lived in Mahomet for 26 years, have six children.

Marsh said he has never run for elective office before.

"But I have a lot of interest in a lot of the issues," he said, mentioning the future of the county nursing home, the condition of the county's jails and other county facilities.

"I've been involved. I'm not coming out of the blue," he said. "I don't know all the answers, but I'm concerned about all those issues."

Marsh, who grew up on a cattle ranch in Montana, said he is well aware of the district's strong agricultural base.

He recently was recognized as the Urban Ag Leader of the Year and the Face of Champaign County Agriculture by the Champaign County Farm Bureau.

And Marsh said that even with his other activities, he believes he'll have the time to devote to the county board.

"We have six children, but only one is at home now so I'm kind of ready for the next challenge," he said.

Local Republican leaders hailed his choice.

"District 1 is a unique blend of rural agriculture and suburban living," said state Sen. Chapin Rose, R-Mahomet, who is a member of the committee that selected Marsh at a meeting on Sunday. "And the committee had some truly exceptional individuals to choose from. In Brooks, you have 'Mr. Mahomet' who also has been recognized by the Farm Bureau for his efforts to promote agriculture."

"Brooks Marsh was selected from a pool of five highly qualified District 1 residents. Brooks will do a great job for the citizens of our county, continuing the tradition of the leadership John Jay so successfully brought to the board," said Ballard.

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