CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - State Rep. Leon Stavrinakis has conceded the mayor's race to competitor John Tecklenburg.
That concession came just before 8:45 p.m. Tuesday with 95 percent of precincts showing Tecklenburg with a 4,000 vote lead in his bid to replace current Mayor Joe Riley, who is currently in his tenth term.
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Stavrinakis spoke to his supporters at the Rice Mill in downtown Charleston, telling them the reason he decided to run was because of his love for the city of Charleston.
"Ann and I are so grateful for all of your support and hard work and passion," he told his supporters. "When we started this journey, the decision to run and the race we ran was all about the place we love, Charleston. And as I stand here today, nothing about that has changed."
He said he called Tecklenburg before making his concession speech to congratulate Tecklenburg on his win. He said he would be at Tecklenburg's service to help with anything for the benefit of the people and the city.
He also took time during his speech to thank outgoing Mayor Joe Riley.
"I've worked with him a lot. He has driven me hard when he's needed to, and I'm sure many in here have worked with him and seen the kind of passion and love he has for this community," Stavrinakis said of Riley. "Any chance you get out there, if you see the mayor, or write him, or send him an email, thank him for what he's done for our city. We are truly blessed to have had him lead us for 40 years."
He went on to ask the public to support Tecklenburg in his new role as mayor to help keep this city on the right path moving forward.
Stavrinakis said he will continue to represent part of Charleston County in the House of Representatives.