For the first time in the history of the two cities, voters in both North Charleston and the city of Charleston are heading to the polls on the same day to vote for mayor. Charleston, the second largest city in South Carolina, could keep the same mayor it’s had for 36 years–Mayor Joe Riley–or decide to change things up. Today, voters will choose between Riley, Councilman William Dudley-Gregorie, author David Farrow, teacher Craig Jelks and restaurant owner Joshua Kennedy. Riley says, if he is re-elected, this will be his last term as mayor.
In North Charleston, the state’s third largest city, incumbent Mayor Keith Summey is up for re-election. The 17-year mayor is up against Chris Collins.
Today is the first time the two cities have ever voted for their city’s mayor on the same day. North Charleston moved its election day to the fall to try and boost voter turn-out.