- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 18, 2015

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - The field is set with seven candidates vying to succeed longtime Charleston Mayor Joseph P. Riley Jr. in this fall’s city election.

Local media outlets report that Monday was the filing deadline. Among others, the field includes a state representative, a city council member and two former council members. The city’s elections are nonpartisan.

State Rep. Leon Stavrinakis has raised the most money, just over a half-million dollars. He’s followed by nonprofit leader Ginny Deerin who has raised more than $475,000. The other candidates include Councilman William Dudley Gregorie and former council members Paul Tinkler and Maurice Washington.

Consultant Toby Smith and businessman John Tecklenburg are also running.

Riley retires at the end of the year after 40 years in office. He is the longest-serving mayor in Charleston history.

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