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Voters pack Charleston Music Hall to hear from remaining Charleston mayoral candidates

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The Charleston Music Hall took on a different tune Wednesday, as an estimated crowd of 800 came to hear from the remaining six Charleston mayoral candidates.

Among them are Ginny Deerin, John Tecklenburg, William Dudley Gregorie, Leon Stavrinakis, Toby Smith, and Maurice Washington.

Each candidate started with a five minute presentation, before fielding a series of five questions, with responses limited to one minute each.

The forum, hosted by a host of area groups, including Lowcountry Local First, focused on the city's economy, growth, and affordability.

Resident Margaret Emmans, who listened in during the near two-hour presentation, is still undecided on her final vote, but came with one topic at the top of her list.

"My biggest concern is education in the inner city," she said.

"I think as a voter, it's very important to realize we've had the same mayor for 40 years" Emmans said.

College of Charleston student Daniel Snell came with a different focus in mind.  Also undecided, Snell said he expected to hear candidates take on city transportation woes, but had hoped to hear more on racial diversity and disparities.

"Race was something I feel wasn't addressed the way it could have been," he said.

"It shouldn't be the defining factor in the race, but its something that should definitely be addressed."

Many questions during the forum were submitted via yourcharleston.org.  

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