Stavrinakis announces run for Charleston mayor

Stavrinakis announces run for Charleston mayor

Charleston House Representative Leon Stavrinakis announced Monday he will run for mayor of Charleston.

In a YouTube video, the Democrat who serves District 119 in Charleston County says he would be humbled to follow in the footsteps of current Mayor Joe Riley.

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"I'm running to be a hands-on mayor," Stavrinakis said in the video, "demanding excellence for the people of Charleston and focused on delivering the best city services to you."

He lists better roads, less traffic, great schools and safe neighborhoods, adding that he has an "innovative vision of how to lead Charleston into the future" while making sure it remains special and livable for everyone.

Stavrinakis said he will fight to keep taxes low, make sure city government spends tax dollars wisely, and will fight for universal pre-K education.

Stavrinakis is a Charleston native and small businessman who lives in West Ashley with his wife, Anne, and their three children.

He is the sixth candidate who has announced his campaign. Charleston Mayor Pro Tem William Gregorie announced his candidacy earlier this month.

Business owners John Tecklenburg and Dick Elliott and former councilmen Paul Tinkler and Henry Fishburne are also vying to become the next mayor of the Holy City.

The race for mayor is non-partisan. Filing officially opens Aug. 3. The election is in November.

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