Hiles, Strick to run as independents against Buzzard for Hgtn. mayor

Johnnie Hiles (left) and Richard Strick.
Johnnie Hiles (left) and Richard Strick. Photos provided.

Republican Larry Buzzard will face two opponents for the office of Huntington mayor in the municipal election this November.

Johnnie Hiles and Richard Strick have entered the race as independent candidates. July 1 was the deadline for independents to file petitions of nomination with the Huntington County Clerk’s Office, which verified petition signatures.

Hiles, 49, works as an addiction counselor at Premier Care, in Marion. She also works part time at Pathfinder Services. Strick, 35, is an associate director on the Love In the Name of Christ national staff.

This is the second time Hiles has run for mayor. Running as an independent in 2015, she was defeated by Republican Brooks Fetters.

Strick currently serves as the 3rd District representative on the Huntington Common Council. He was elected to the office in 2015 as a Republican.

Buzzard, who is the president of the Huntington County Commissioners, defeated Fetters for the GOP mayoral nomination in the municipal primary on May 7.

The municipal election will be Nov. 5.

Other independent candidates to file for local offices include:

Huntington Common Council, 3rd District
Eric Bruce.

Markle Town Council (2)
Matthew A. Doss. *
Nicolas Lund.

Clerk-Treasurer, Town of Roanoke
JoAnne Kirchner. *
Sarah L. Milton.

Roanoke Town Council (3)
Joan Abbott. *
David Meitzler.
Pamala A. Parker.
David S. Tucker. *

Clerk-Treasurer, Town of Warren
Marilyn Morrison. *
Machelle Suchcicki.

Warren Town Council (2)
Julia Glessner. *
Ethan Stivers. *
Tavis Surfus.
Michael Yoder.

* – denotes incumbent.