- Associated Press - Monday, February 2, 2015

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - State Rep. Leon Stavrinakis is the latest candidate to join the crowded field seeking to succeed Joseph P. Riley Jr. as mayor of Charleston.

The five-term Democrat announced Monday in a release that he is joining the field for the nonpartisan election in November. There are now six candidates who have formally announced.

Stavrinakis says he’s a life-long resident of Charleston, knows the city works best when people are working together and promises to be a hands-on mayor like Riley. Stavrinakis says his priorities are better and safer streets and good schools.

Riley, who has served as mayor longer than anyone in Charleston’s nearly 350-year history, retires at the end of 2015 after 40 years as mayor.

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