CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - John Tecklenburg vowed Tuesday night to "roll up his sleeves" and work for all citizens of Charleston.
Tecklenburg defeated State Rep. Leon Stavrinakis in a runoff election, winning his bid to be the city's first new mayor in forty years. He won with 58% of the votes.
Tecklenburg thanked God, his family and the voters for his win.
"You know, they have given me a blessing, an incredible opportunity of service," he said. "And I look forward to serving this city."
Tecklenburg told supporters he does not have all the answers.
"We need to work together as a community, collaboratively," he said. He also paraphrased a quote made famous by President John F. Kennedy, challenging people to not ask what Charleston can do for them, but rather what they can do for Charleston. "Folks, we need to help our brothers and sisters in this world. That's how we earn the name of being the Holy City."
He said he believes Charleston has a place in the world not only to show people how to come together after a tragedy, but also how to work together to solve challenges in the community.
Tecklenburg will replace current Mayor Joe Riley, who has served 10 terms.
Riley issued a statement after the election, stating he had spoken to both candidates.
"The community was fortunate to have two fine candidates," he said in the statement. "John Tecklenburg will be an excellent mayor and I look forward to working with him in this transition period. Tonight is their night."