"Meet The Candidates" event focuses on Marietta office hopefuls

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The three candidates for mayor of Marietta faced the public Tuesday in a "Meet the Candidates" event sponsored by the Marietta Area Chamber of Commerce.

With a resolution of the dispute over the sewer issue in neighboring Devola, each candidate was asked how Marietta's infrastructure needs should be handled in the future.

"If we don't have partners involved in things like that," said Republican candidate and Marietta City Council President Josh Schlicher, "it's up to finance unless we have a clear plan forward."

Each of the three mayoral hopefuls has held public office in the past. Challengers Harley Noland and Schlicher both have served on Marietta City Council.

A question focused on how the mayor and city council could be more accessible to Marietta residents.

"We have a city website, and with the low price of putting cameras in our city council chambers," said Democratic candidate Noland. "We could broadcast every committee meeting and every council meeting."

The only real criticism spoken of long-time Mayor Joe Matthews, running for re-election this time as an Independent, was whether he has been a full-time mayor in his collective 20 years in office.

"Last year, I participated in 2,000 events for the city of Marietta," Matthews replied. "I've done that each and every year I've been in office."

The forum also included candidates for city council and for the Marietta Board of Education. School Superintendent Will Hampton made a presentation on the Marietta Schools Bond Levy.