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

The Final Countdown

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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.

Two seats on City Council are also up for grabs. District 1 voters will decide between incumbent Gary White and newcomer Shawn Pinkston. Pinkston topped White by just eight votes in one of the closest races in recent history, but he fell short of claiming the simple majority needed to avoid a runoff.

Challenger Jimmy Bailey Jr. and longtime council member James Lewis Jr. are going head to head for the District 3 seat. Lewis received more than 49 percent of the votes in the Nov. 3 election, but Bailey and third-place contender Luqman Rasheed were able to grab enough votes to force the runoff.

Polls open at 7 a.m. across the city, and residents can cast their votes until 7 p.m. Preliminary results will be posted online after polls close.

Mayoral candidates make last-minute remarks on Election Day
Mayoral candidates make last-minute remarks on Election Day It’s almost over

Election Day is here once again. After months of ads and speeches, it all comes down to this. Today, voters took to the polls to decide between state Rep. Leon Stavrinakis and businessman John Tecklenburg for the next mayor of Charleston. Executive Director of Charleston County Board of Elections Joseph Debney says that voter turnout is usually lower in runoff elections, but he feels Tuesday’s weather should help. According to Debney, some polling locations have seen a healthy stream of voters throughout the morning, while other locations are still waiting for numbers to pick up. — Dustin Waters


Mayoral candidates set to debate Thursday morning
Mayoral candidates set to debate Thursday morning Stavrinakis holds press conference with unmanned lectern

Another day, another series of back-to-back press conferences held by the two candidates competing to be the next mayor of Charleston. Luckily, in the last few days before the Nov. 17 runoff election, John Tecklenburg and Leon Stavrinakis have managed to keep things interesting. — Dustin Waters


Stavrinakis resurrects bike lane debate; Tecklenburg announces ethics plan
Stavrinakis resurrects bike lane debate; Tecklenburg announces ethics plan A Tale of Two Press Conferences

On Monday afternoon, mayoral candidate Leon Stavrinakis said something that is very true. During a press conference that was announced to discuss “an important issue in the Charleston mayoral election,” Stavrinakis made a point early on that all voters should remember.“As we approach Election Day, it’s more important than ever that the voters of the city of Charleston have the opportunity to know where the two mayoral candidates stand on important issues,” he said, “and it’s more important than ever that they know where the distinctions lie between the two candidates.” — Dustin Waters


Deerin endorses Tecklenburg for mayor
Deerin endorses Tecklenburg for mayor Running buddies

Former candidate Ginny Deerin has endorsed frontrunner John Tecklenburg to be the next mayor of Charleston.During a press conference held in front of Tecklenburg’s West Ashley home, Deerin encouraged her supports to cast their vote for Tecklenburg in the upcoming runoff election against Leon Stavrinakis on Nov. 17. — Dustin Waters


Tecklenburg announces five-point pledge
Tecklenburg announces five-point pledge Promises to put one-year freeze on new hotel approvals

With less than two weeks to go before the runoff election for the next mayor of Charleston, candidate John Tecklenburg announced a five-point pledge for his first year in office if elected. The third and perhaps most interesting promise is the call for a one-year freeze on new hotel approvals and an effort to rezone properties like the Sergeant Jasper site to control what Tecklenburg views as over-development. — Dustin Waters


Inside the Stavrinakis Election Night watch party
Inside the Stavrinakis Election Night watch party Tecklenburg denies competitor’s claims that he is a developer

Everyone gathered at the Election Night watch party for Leon Stavrinakis keeps asking the same question: “Are the results for downtown in yet?” For almost three hours, supporters for the frontrunner in the Charleston mayoral race have continued to fill the hotel banquet room at the Town & Country Inn and Suites to socialize and watch the results roll in. — Dustin Waters


Unofficial results: Tecklenburg and Stavrinakis headed to runoff for mayor
Unofficial results: Tecklenburg and Stavrinakis headed to runoff for mayor Mayor Summey re-elected in North Charleston

Unofficial results are in for elections across Charleston County, and the race for Charleston’s first new mayor in 40 years is down to a runoff between John Tecklenburg and Leon Stavrinakis. Stavrinakis led the six mayoral candidates for much of the night, ultimately taking 34.5 percent of votes, but Tecklenburg managed to grab the top spot by fewer than 300 votes. — Dustin Waters


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


2015 Election Guide
2015 Election Guide Tricks or Treats?

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. — 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


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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