Candidates for Charleston mayor campaign to the finish

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Five men are making last minute pleas for your vote to become the next Charleston mayor. Some of the candidates even took a day off from work Monday for their final full day out campaigning.

Several volunteers were in and out at incumbent Mayor Joe Riley's campaign office.

"Lots of activity in the office, on the phones, on the ground, trying to make sure that people remember tomorrow's election day and how important every single vote is," Campaign manager Ginny Deerin said.

Deerin says Riley spent the day fulfilling his duties to the city before meeting and greeting voters at shops and restaurants. Up to 200 volunteers worked on Riley's behalf to share his message of job creation, citizen safety, and infrastructure improvements.

William Dudley Gregorie spent the day passing out his campaign flyers at local businesses. He says he also went to four schools to talk to parents about his top priority, infrastructure improvements.

"(Monday) and all day (Tuesday) we'll be trying to touch as many people as possible and try to build the moment so people will come out and participate in this election," Gregorie said.

The youngest candidate, 29-year-old school teacher Craig Jelks, took off work to visit businesses, go door to door, and work the Twitter and Facebook scene.

"It's about education. It's about our firefighters being fairly compensated for the work that they do for our great city, as well as creating more opportunity for local entrepreneurs," Jelks said.

Journalist and writer David Farrow spent the day making phone calls, meeting with voters, and strategizing with his campaign team. He says voters like his ideas of term limits and fixing Crosstown drainage.

"Had this woman West of the Ashley yesterday, hug me and said I'm so glad you're running. Did a little dance, 'Farrow for Mayor, Farrow for Mayor!' It was great. It was fun," Farrow said.

The fifth candidate, restaurant and bar owner Joshua Kennedy says he was busy at work and did not work on his mayoral campaign.

Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday.

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