Mayor Riley formally kicks off re-election campaign

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - Charleston Mayor Joe Riley is formally kicking off his 10th campaign for mayor.

Riley opens the campaign Monday with a day of listening sessions with constituents around the city. Those sessions will focus on everything from education and safety to the concerns of seniors and businesses.

Riley has served as mayor longer than anyone in Charleston's 341-year history. He sent a video to supporters last December saying he would run again.

Riley has said he wants to focus on bringing in new jobs, building on Boeing's decision to build an aircraft assembly plant in North Charleston. He has said that deepening Charleston Harbor and improving education are also priorities.

Riley is opposed by Charleston author, historian and journalist David Farrow.

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