CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - With twelve days until the Charleston election, mayoral candidate William Dudley Gregorie shared his vision for the city: "One Charleston. A city that works for everyone."
Gregorie said that as a sitting city councilman for District 6, he'll be ready to "hit the ground running" on day one, if elected mayor.
"I'm familiar with our city's budgets, our city's programs. Even more importantly, our city's neighborhoods and their needs," Gregorie said.
He added that he thinks it's important for the next mayor to have an established relationship with the city council and council members.
Gregorie grew up in Charleston's Westside neighborhood and attended Burke High School.
He earned a B.S. and M.A. from Benedict College and Howard University and pursued post-graduate studies at Catholic University and the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard.
Gregorie worked with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for 32 years and then ran for Charleston mayor in 2007.
He was elected to the District 6 City Council seat in January of 2009.
He said his executive experience at a national level is most beneficial as candidate for mayor.
Gregorie also serves on the foundation for the Horizon Foundation, which is currently working on a $1 billion development on the western edge of Charleston's peninsula.
He said he plans to continue prioritizing such development opportunities but his plan also includes creating more affordable housing.
"It's not just rental housing that's important," Gregorie said. "It's important that we do a mix of home ownership as well as rental housing. What I want to do as mayor is to continue to create neighborhoods of affordability."
He also wants to expand access to education for all of Charleston's children, establishing a "world class education system" for "a world class city."
It's part of his vision for "One Charleston."
Gregorie said that means "a city that is unified, a city that's diverse, a city that's inclusive."