Charleston Mayor Joe Riley was elected to his 10th term of office, giving him the chance to hold that position for 40 years. Riley won by more than 67 percent of the vote in the city of Charleston Tuesday night. The incumbent mayor does say this will be his last term. His campaign centered around the recent cruise debate and how the industry brings in jobs to the state’s economy.
In North Charleston, incumbent Mayor Keith Summey won his re-election bid as well. Summey has served 17 years as the mayor for the third largest city in South Carolina. During his campaign he claimed he wanted to continue dropping the city’s crime rates and work on bringing in more and more jobs to the area. This will be Summey’s sixth term as mayor.
Tuesday was the first time both the cities of Charleston and North Charleston voted for mayor on the same day. North Charleston changed its date to the fall to try to boost voter turn-out.