Mayor Matthews files to run as independent for re-election

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MARIETTA, Ohio (WTAP) - There will be three candidates on the ballot for mayor of Marietta in the November general election.

Mayor Joe Matthews, who has served in the office as a Democrat since the 1990s, filed as an independent for the fall election Monday.

Matthews considered retiring at the end of his current term. But the mayor, while battling cancer in the past, now says he is cancer-free.

If elected, he will be serving his third consecutive term in office and his sixth term overall.

"My wife past away last year and I need to keep busy," Matthews said, "and I want to represent the city again and I think I have represented it well in the past 20 years I've been in office, so I feel really good about it."

He will be facing Harley Noland on the Democratic side and current City Council President Josh Schlicher on the Republican side for this year's general election.

Meanwhile, the mayor confirmed Jonathan Hupp resigned as safety-service director, due to what Matthews cited as differences between the two men.

Hupp's replacement has not been named. He has served in the post throughout Matthews' current tenure in office.