West Ashley commercial Realtor John Tecklenburg became the second candidate to announce his intention to run to succeed 10-term mayor Joe Riley today in a campaign video posted on his website.
Tecklenburg previously served the city as director of economic development in the late 1990s and worked as longtime Sen. Fritz Hollings' campaign manager in his final re-election bid in 1998.
The November 2015 election to replace Riley — one of the nation's longest serving mayors, having been in office since being first elected in 1975 — will likely draw a crowded field. In October 2013, City Paper staff writer Paul Bowers counted at least eight candidates considering a run, including Tecklenburg. Sitting Charleston County Councilman Dean Riegel was the first to publicly announce for the race in October.
"It's something I would consider," Tecklenburg told the CP at that time.
In a news release sent via email today, 57-year old Tecklenburg called himself a "common sense business person with a caring heart inspired to community service by my faith and example of my family."
Tecklenburg tipped his hand a bit earlier this month, filing his initial paperwork with the State Ethics Commission on April 9, showing more than $17,000 raised so far, including $1,000 each from Hollings and Beaufort Mayor William Keyserling.
In addition to Tecklenburg, as of October of last year, the City Paper talked with City Councilmembers Aubry Alexander, William Dudley Gregorie, and Mike Seekings, who were all weighing their options in the race, in addition to state Reps. Wendell Gilliard and Leon Stavrinakis, businesswoman Linda Ketner, and Charleston lawyer Paul Tinkler.
Bonus: Check out this 2010 CTAR video of Tecklenburg playing piano at Theatre 99.