Mike Seekings receives endorsement from Washington for Mayor of Charleston

Mike Seekings receives endorsement from Washington for Mayor of Charleston
November 16 08:32 2019 Print This Article

Just days before Tuesday’s runoff election for Mayor of Charleston, Mike Seekings received an endorsement from former rival Maurice Washington, the third place finisher in the November 5 election. Under Charleston election law, a candidate must exceed 50 percent of the vote to win outright. Incumbent Mayor John Tecklenburg received 48% of the vote with Seekings in second with 35%.

Seeking said, “Maurice’s support is meaningful and appreciated. More than half of Charleston voters chose change in the first round, and Maurice played a large role with a message focused on education, economic development and equity.” To adopt pieces of Washington’s platform, Seekings vowed to establish a Minority Entrepreneur mentorship program and an Economic Development and Learning Liason program to help train Charleston residents for the jobs in demand, which are now often filled by people from outside of the Charleston area.

In his endorsement, Washington stated, “Mike’s honest, pragmatic, and hopeful insight into our community’s problems and needs and his willingness to examine the issues and listen closely to the public’s concerns, sets him far apart.” Washington also cited Seekings’ commitment to making Charleston a city that works for all of its residents.

Polls will be open Tuesday from 7 am to 7 pm. All registered voters in City of Charleston are eligible to vote. There is also a runoff for City Council District 3 between incumbent Councilman James Lewis and Jason Sakran. The district includes neighborhoods on the Charleston peninsula and parts of West Ashley.