CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Hundreds of people watched John Tecklenburg take the oath of office as Charleston's new mayor Monday afternoon. Many said they were there to witness history.
"I can't imagine anybody that didn't want to be here today to see mayor Riley step down, pass the torch to John," Harriet Grady said.
"I voted for John, I love Joe Riley, 40 years of my life. I'm a born Charlestonian so I wouldn't miss it," Michele Jacques said.
She and others bundled up and braved the cold temperatures to watch the two-hour ceremony. Many took cell phone photos and video to record history in the making.
Most in the crowd know Tecklenburg has a tough act to follow in Riley but they say they are confident he can lead the city.
"I think he's definitely the man that's gonna be able to push this place to greater heights," Mike Delane said.
"I think he's going to do a great job. Everything I hear about him, he seems like a down to earth guy who's taken a very positive approach as mayor Riley did," Edward Mistretter added.
"We couldn't ask for a better guy to have this job since he's gonna look out for the homeless. I'm very glad someone's gonna do something about that," Barbara Manugault said.
"I think he's going to continue the greatness of this city, heal wounds, bring greatness to this city," Cheyanne Lake said.