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Seven candidates for Charleston Mayor sound off in forum

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) -

In just a few months, the City of Charleston will elect a new mayor for the first time in 40 years, when Joe Riley steps down.

Wednesday night seven candidates took part in the debate put on as part of Charleston Pride Week.

The questions focused on LGBT issues but also discussed major city problems like growth and traffic.

The seven candidates last night were Maurice Washington, Ginny Deerin, Leon Stravinakis, Paul Tinkler, John Tecklenberg, and Toby Smith.

They started off talking about what separated themselves from the other candidates. They're different backgrounds include government, business and non-profit work.

In regards to traffic, all candidates said growth problems could only be handled with more money. They're plans ranged from supporting a gas tax to requests from SCDOT.

The general election is in November with the next mayor taking office in January.

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