Charleston City Councilman Dean Riegel confirmed Wednesday he intends to run for mayor of Charleston in 2015.

Riegel is unopposed in Tuesday’s election.

During a gathering of local Republicans at the Customs House to point out weaknesses of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act, Riegel said he would run for the office that incumbent Mayor Joe Riley is vacating.

He said his goal would be to strike a balance between growth and quality of life, and that the city would need a sort of CEO in charge as the area moves forward after Riley’s exit.

Riegel has served one term on council. He is is president and CEO of an occupation medicine company.

He represents the West Ashley Council District 10, which includes the large Shadowmoss subdivision.

Riegel predicted the eventual number of candidates for the vacant mayoral post will be large, predicting “a cast of thousands.” City elections are non-partisan.