2015 Election Guide 

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Steve Stegelin

This is the first mayoral election in 40 years that Charlestonians will not see Joseph P. Riley Jr.'s name on the ballot. As you know, Joe has decided to retire. Good for him. If anybody deserves a little downtime, it's Joe Riley. Not surprisingly, all eyes are on who will replace him. Of course, the mayoral race isn't the only race of importance. Several Charleston City Council seats are up for grabs this year, and North Charleston's Keith Summey has an election to contend with. Read on and see who we endorsed. —City Paper Editorial Staff

POLLS OPEN UNTIL 7 P.M.: Charleston-area runoff elections set for today
POLLS OPEN UNTIL 7 P.M.: Charleston-area runoff elections set for today The Final Countdown

In less than 24 hours, Charleston’s next mayor will be decided. For the runoff election, voters have their choice between state Rep. Leon Stavrinakis and businessman John Tecklenburg. Tecklenburg gained the most support in the Nov. 3 general election, squeaking by Stavrinakis by fewer than 300 votes. — City Paper Editorial Staff


Candidates and voters take to the polls on a rainy Election Day
Candidates and voters take to the polls on a rainy Election Day Research shows bad weather plays a role in voter turnout

It’s a soggy Election Day in Charleston as voters brave the weather to select the city’s first new mayor in 40 years. According to a 2007 study published in the Journal of Politics, bad weather does play a role in voter turnout. — Dustin Waters


Ginny Deerin for Charleston Mayor
Ginny Deerin for Charleston Mayor After Riley

You don't have to be told how monumental the 2015 Charleston mayoral race is. After 40 years in office, our beloved mayor, Joseph P. Riley Jr., will finally step down, and chances are, there will never be another like him in terms of vision, drive, and boosterism. Joe loves Charleston, and Charleston, by and large, loves him back. — City Paper Editorial Staff


Keith Summey for North Charleston Mayor
Keith Summey for North Charleston Mayor Re-Elect

Beating North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey in a mayoral election is a monumental task in any year, but in 2015 it will be more difficult than normal. Summey's revitalization of the Park Circle area shows no signs of slowing down; in fact, the Beach Company has recently begun construction on a massive apartment complex steps away from the city's quaint Olde Village district, a bustling business community anchored by some of the area's most popular bars and restaurants. — City Paper Editorial Staff


Charleston City Council Endorsements
Charleston City Council Endorsements All Those In Favor

There are six districts up for re-election this year on Charleston City Council. — City Paper Editorial Staff


Moredock: Ginny Deerin the heart and the brains to be mayor
Moredock: Ginny Deerin the heart and the brains to be mayor Ginny Deerin for Mayor

It's a bit of a mystery why anyone would want to follow Joseph P. Riley Jr. as mayor of Charleston. In 40 years on the job, he has been unbeatable at the polls. He is one of the most admired politicians in the nation, and by almost any measure he has been spectacularly successful, taking a sleepy, run-down little port city and turning it into one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. — Will Moredock


Catastrophe: I can't offer an endorsement in the Charleston mayoral race
Catastrophe: I can't offer an endorsement in the Charleston mayoral race The Anti-Endorsements

I was asked last week by the editor of this fine alternative weekly if I was planning on writing a column endorsing a candidate for mayor of the City of Charleston. I wasn't, of course, because an endorsement means taking a positive approach to something, and we all know that I don't do positivity very well. — Mat Catastrophe


Green: Leon Stavrinakis will be the next mayor of Charleston
Green: Leon Stavrinakis will be the next mayor of Charleston Experience Matters

If only prior political experience mattered, the Charleston mayoral contest would be a three-man race between Leon Stavrinakis, a former Charleston County Council chairman and current member of the state House of Representatives; William Dudley Gregorie, a current Charleston City Council member; and Maurice Washington, a former Charleston City Council member. — Dwayne Green


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