NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The mayor of North Charleston issued a statement in which he apologized for comments made following his election night victory on Nov. 3.
Mayor Keith Summey issued the statement Thursday morning. It reads:
First, I apologize for my recent choice of words after the election. My challenger's camp ran an intensely negative campaign, and I should have withheld my pent up frustration with the attacks aimed towards my family and colleagues.
That being said, I am humbled by the people of North Charleston and their faith in me to continue leading the City of North Charleston for the next four years, building upon our success, economic strength, and positive growth. North Charleston is stronger than ever and I promise to continue serving all citizens in all neighborhoods.
Nearly a dozen civil rights leaders stood at the entrance of North Charleston City Hall Wednesday to demand an apology from Summey. Members of the National Action Network expressed disappointment and anger, following Summey's promise of "retribution" against groups that did not support him in his quest for re-election.
Summey was re-elected to his sixth term as mayor. He has served as mayor since 1994.