CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Charleston city councilman Mike Seekings announced Thursday morning he will run for mayor.
As the representative for District 8, Seekings represents a large contingent of residents on the lower Charleston peninsula. Mayor John Tecklenburg has already announced that he will run again. The downtown Charleston resident joins a field which already includes Councilmen Harry Griffin and Gary White.
“I’m proud to announce that I am running to serve you as the next Mayor of Charleston,” Seekings said. “Our city is undergoing fast change and we face big challenges. Whether it’s flooding, traffic or rampant growth, Charlestonians deserve a Mayor with a plan for action and the ability to get things done. We all know these issues are not solving themselves and we need a leader who can build consensus, manage growth and secure the funding for major projects so that our residents aren’t repeatedly taxed. and our children are not facing the same challenges that we are today.”
Seekings is also on the board of the Charleston Regional Transportation Authority (CARTA) and recently took over as the Executive Director of the Cooper River Bridge Run following the passing of Julian Smith. In the launch of his candidacy Thursday, Seekings also touted a $60 million effort to replace broken drainage valves and restore the lower battery sea wall.
Seekings was first elected to the city council in 2009. The mayoral election is on Nov. 5.
As of April 10, Tecklenburg had raised $458,341 while Griffin had $5,292.