FRONTRUNNER FILES PAPERWORK IN HOLY CITY …
|| By FITSNEWS || Fifth-term S.C. Rep. Leon Stavrinakis is the latest candidate to formally file paperwork to run for mayor of Charleston, S.C.
Flanked by his wife and three children, the diminutive Democrat known as “Short Stack” made his candidacy official. To hear local political observers tell it, Stavrinakis is the frontrunner in the race to replace longtime mayor Joe Riley – who is stepping down after four decades on the job.
“For forty years we have benefited from Joe Riley’s wisdom and vision,” Stavrinakis said in a statement. “As he retires from City Hall, it’s time to ask ourselves what we need for our city to continue being the enviable, livable and special place we all love. To me, the answer is clear: we need a tested, proven leader who will bring a hands-on approach to City Hall. We need a mayor who will focus on delivering the best city services and producing results that improve people’s lives through less traffic, safe streets and excellent neighborhood.”
Also campaigning? Nonprofit community leader Ginny Deerin, businessman John Tecklenburg, city councilman William Dudley Gregorie, businessman and community leader Maurice Washington and former city councilman Paul Tinkler.
Deerin – who filed her paperwork two days ago – is running on an aggressive infrastructure reform plan.