Riley to run for 10th term as mayor

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Charleston Mayor Joe Riley announced on his website Tuesday that he will seek a 10th term as mayor.

Riley posted a YouTube video on his web site, Riley for Mayor, Tuesday morning.

Riley said in the video that his campaign will officially begin in early spring.

"We have many exciting challenges to address together," Riley said. "I want to focus especially  on bringing more jobs to our community and strengthening our economy."

Riley also said that addressing drainage and infrastructure challenges would be a priority.

"Making our schools the best they can be and making Charleston an even more safe city," Riley said would be other goals of his campaign.

"We'll work with the ports authority to get the harbor deepened and to strengthen our maritime industry," Riley said.

Another goal Riley mentioned in the video was to complete the Market Street drainage project.

"We will address other drainage needs and we will extend the Glenn McConnell Parkway, complete the West Ashley circle and build bike and pedestrian paths throughout our community including across the Ashley River Bridge," Riley said.

Riley said he will work with the school districts to make every school a community learning center for the neighborhood and make sure new schools are the best 21st century school possible.

"We have so many exciting things to work on together," Riley said. "I hope you will join me so that we increasingly will make Charleston the best place in America to live, to work and raise our children."

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