CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Ginny Deerin, one of the candidates for Charleston mayor, received an endorsement from a former fellow candidate Thursday.
Dick Elliott, the restaurant developer who announced he was dropping out of the race on Feb. 13 because of family and business obligations, endorsed Deerin, according to a release from Deerin's campaign.
"As the CEO of WINGS for Kids for 17 years, Ginny Deerin earned a reputation for recruiting and retaining top talent - and WINGS was named one of the best managed nonprofits in South Carolina," Elliott said in a statement. "I ran for Mayor to provide the leadership and management skills needed to ensure all citizens enjoy the benefits of our city. Ginny is the best candidate for Mayor because she has the experience and insight to manage Charleston's continued success. She knows politics but is not a politician. Ginny Deerin gets things done – and has my full support."
Elliott, and his wife Dayna, operate Slightly North of Broad and High Cotton as well as Charleston Cooks! locations in Charleston and Greenville.
Deerin founded and served as the longtime CEO of WINGS for Kids, a multi-million dollar afterschool program that has improved test scores and grades for over 90 percent of students. There are now ten programs in three states and over 200 employees.
Deerin's campaign says she is the only candidate running for mayor of Charleston to have proposed a bold traffic relief plan.
She first became involved in city politics working on Joe Riley's first mayoral race forty years ago.