Charleston mayoral candidates ramp up campaigns one week from election

Charleston mayoral candidates ramp up campaigns one week from election

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The mayoral race is heating up in Charleston!

In exactly one week, voters will head back to the polls and pick between two candidates.

On Tuesday, Leon Stavrinakis and John Tecklenburg commented on a new commercial that Stavrinakis came out with.

Tecklenburg says it a baseless smear campaign, while Stavrinakis says it is in response to something else.

"Being a mayor is not about politics, being a mayor is about leadership and bringing people together and making our community a better place," said Tecklenburg.

Tecklenburg isn't happy his opponent is focusing on him.

In his latest ad, Stavrinakis calls Tecklenburg a developer that hasn't supported I-526 from start and doesn't know how to handle growth.

Tecklenburg says he does support the completion of I-526 and feels the negative ads aren't what voters appreciate.

"He's trying to tear us apart with false and negative ads for his own political benefit and that's not our Charleston," said Tecklenburg.

That's not how Leon Stavrinakis sees it.

"Why won't he talk about his record?" said Stavrinakis.

Stavrinakis says voters have made it clear that they're concerned with growth development and traffic.

"Those are the things I'm talking about, those are the things John needs to show up and talk about to voters and he's refusing to do it," said Stavrinakis.

Stavrinakis says his ad is a direct result of Tecklenburg turning down several opportunists, in this final week of campaigning, to debate each other.

Tecklenburg's camp says this is true, but only because the candidate already committed to other events.

Both candidates don't appear to be backing down and more are focused than ever to snag the seat that Mayor Joe Riley has held for the last 40 years.

The runoff election is next Tuesday, Nov. 17.

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