Alexander decides not to run for mayor

Charleston City Councilman Aubry Alexander

Aubry Alexander will not be entering the race to replace longtime Charleston Mayor Joe Riley, but instead will seek another term as a city councilman.

Alexander, who first won the District 9 seat in November 2007, represents parts of West Ashley. He made the announcement that he would not run for mayor Monday at a meeting on the city's West Ashley Economic Development Strategy at West Ashley High School.

Four mayoral candidates have announced they will run and have started raising money. They are: businessmen John Tecklenburg and Dick Elliott, and former City Council members Paul Tinkler and Henry Fishburne.

Several others are considering running for mayor, including: state Reps. Wendell Gilliard and Leon Stavrinakis, both Charleston Democrats; City Councilmen Mike Seekings and William Dudley Gregorie; former City Councilman Maurice Washington; and Ginny Deerin, who ran Riley's 2011 re-election campaign and recently ran for S.C. Secretary of State.

State Rep. Chip Limehouse and City Councilman Dean Riegel have said they are not inclined to run, but they haven't ruled it out.

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