Charleston Mayor Joe Riley to seek 10th term

CHARLESTON, S.C. — Mayor Joseph P. Riley Jr., who has served as mayor longer than anyone in Charleston's 340-year history, announced today he will seek a 10th term, saying there are still challenges for the historic city.

"We have so many exciting things to work on together," Riley said in a video e-mailed to supporters . "I hope you will join me so increasingly we can make Charleston the best place in America to live and work and raise our children."

Riley, who turns 68 next month and is the only candidate in the race, was recorded speaking at the city's Waterfront Park, one of several public works projects in the city he has overseen since becoming mayor in 1975.

Riley, a Democrat although the city has nonpartisan elections, said his campaign will officially start next spring.


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