CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Ten thank you's to go along with ten victory speeches. 36 years in office, going on 40. The numbers are impressive and they tell the story of one man and his reign over Charleston.
Joe Riley was 32 years old when he first won the mayor's seat.
"When I was elected for the first time in 1975 I thought I would serve one term," says Riley.
After winning with 50 percent of the vote in '75 over Nancy Hawk, the lowest percentage of votes he's ever received, he ran unopposed in 1979 and again in 1983.
"The hardest election and my toughest opponent and the person I always felt was most qualified," says Riley. "Was Jimmy Bailey."
However, Riley made quick work of Bailey. Beating him by 25%of the vote, that remained the closest margin of victory in all of his 10 elections.