|| By FITSNEWS || S.C. Rep. Leon Stavrinakis – known affectionally around the Palmetto State House as “short stack” – has raised some big stacks of cash in his bid to become mayor of Charleston, S.C.
The fifth-term state lawmaker raised $309,000 during the first quarter of 2015, according to a release from his campaign. He has more than $266,000 on hand.
“People are looking for a mayoral candidate who has a vision to lead Charleston into the future,” Stavrinakis said in a statement accompanying his fundraising announcement. “I’m the only candidate to serve as chairman of Charleston county council and in the state legislature and I’m the only candidate with a proven record of bringing people together and getting results.”
Also seeking this post? Ginny Deerin – who recently ran for S.C. Secretary of State. Wealthy Charleston businessmen John Tecklenburg is also running – as are city councilman William Dudley Gregorie and former city councilman Paul Tinkler.
Last week, Deerin reported raising $215,000 with more than $188,000 on hand.
Joe Riley has served as Charleston’s mayor since December 1975. The 72-year-old politician announced last year he would step down at the end of this – his tenth term.