CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Charleston House Rep. Leon Stavrinakis received an endorsement for his bid to become Charleston's next mayor from a former rival Thursday.
Former candidate Paul Tinkler announced he will endorse Stavrinakis.
"Since withdrawing from the mayor's race, I have seriously deliberated about the future of our city," Tinkler said in a statement released on Thursday."Simply put, I have decided that Leon Stavrinakis is the best choice for mayor. Leon has a long and proven record of getting things done. I know Leon, as a lifelong resident of West Ashley, will be a fierce advocate for the revitalization of our community and will work to improve both the commercial and residential districts. Leon is the best candidate to finish 526, ease traffic congestion and bring success to all of our neighborhoods."
"It's an incredible honor to have earned Paul's endorsement," said Stavrinakis. "Paul is a man of principle, integrity and vision who has served Charleston extremely well for a long time. Paul has especially been a champion for the West Ashley area. He has truly dedicated himself to making Charleston an even better place and is someone I have admired for some time. I look forward to campaigning with him over the next several weeks."
Stavrinakis, who serves District 119 in Charleston County announced he would run for mayor of the Holy City in February.
In a video posted on YouTube, he said he intends to be a "hands-on mayor" and listed better roads, less traffic, great schools and safe neighborhoods as priorities.
Tinkler, an attorney and former Charleston City councilman, announced on Sept. 2 he was dropping out of the mayor's race, citing the increasing difficulty of balancing the campaign and his law practice.
Tinkler said the election is shaping up to be a "much-needed debate about our city's future," adding that only such a debate can keep Charleston the "best city in the world."
Candidates Ginny Deerin and John Tecklenburg joined Stavrinakis in praising Tinkler's commitment to Charleston.