FRONTRUNNER SUPPORTED BY FORMER CANDIDATE
|| By FITSNEWS || Fifth-term Democratic S.C. Rep. Leon Stavrinakis received the endorsement of one of his former competitors in the race for mayor of Charleston, S.C. this week.
Stavrinakis, the odds-on favorite to win the seat, received the endorsement of former city councilman Paul Tinkler – who dropped out of contention earlier this month.
“I have decided that Leon Stavrinakis is the best choice for mayor,” Tinkler said. “Leon has a long and proven record of getting things done. I know Leon, as a lifelong resident of West Ashley, will be a fierce advocate for the revitalization of our community and will work to improve both the commercial and residential districts. Leon is the best candidate to finish 526, ease traffic congestion and bring success to all of our neighborhoods.”
Wait … finish Interstate 526?
Also running for this office are local businesswoman Ginny Deerin (who ran unsuccessfully for S.C. Secretary of State last year), local businessman John Tecklenburg, Charleston city councilman William Dudley Gregorie and businessman and community leader Maurice Washington.
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 his tenth term.