Charleston, South Carolina city councilman Mike Seekings posted a gargantuan campaign finance number in his bid to become the next mayor of the historic Holy City.
Seekings announced on Thursday that his campaign had raised $503,094 during its first two months of fundraising – $300,000 more than incumbent mayor John Tecklenburg took in during the entire quarter.
“It’s game on,” Seekings’ campaign spokeswoman Brittany Huskey said in a statement. “This incredible total sends a clear message that Mike is in it to win. Our campaign is about leadership and Mike is providing that out of the gate.”
Seekings’ haul included a $255,000 “personal investment” as well as a quarter million dollars worth of contributions from others. The candidate is matching contributions “dollar-for-dollar” as he seeks to establish “a partnership with residents that will be a theme of his campaign and administration.”
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“I’m willing to do what it takes to provide the leadership our city and residents need and deserve,” Seekings said in a statement. “And I’m extremely grateful that so many Charlestonians have already placed their faith in me to guide our city into its next era of prosperity, where our residents and neighborhoods come first and our most pressing issues are met head on.”
Seekings has served on Charleston city council since 2010, representing parts of West Ashley and downtown. He also serves as the chairman of area’s regional transit authority and interim director of the Cooper River Bridge Run. He is one of seven candidates – including four sitting city council members – currently campaigning for mayor, a job that Tecklenburg has held for the past four years.
One of America’s most historic cities, Charleston is also among its top tourist destinations. Prior to Tecklenburg’s election, the city was led for forty years by Joe Riley.
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