Charleston mayoral issues forum set for Monday

Charleston City Hall located at the corner of Broad and Meeting streets.

Charleston’s mayoral race will kick into a new gear Monday, with many of the city’s most active nonprofits hosting a forum to highlight issues they would like candidates to talk about.

The ticket-only event, called “A Vision for Charleston,” will take place inside the Francis Marion Hotel and will focus on issues such as downtown plans, cyclists and pedestrians, flooding and resiliency, public transit and economic development.

The sponsors include Charleston businessman John Winthrop and several nonprofits, including the Coastal Conservation League, Historic Charleston Foundation, Charleston Moves and the South Carolina Community Loan fund. Architect Whitney Powers, co-founder of digital forum “If You Were Mayor,” will emcee the program.

Monday’s event is expected to be the first of several held by community organizations hoping to influence the debate leading up to the city’s historic mayoral election this fall. Mayor Joe Riley is stepping down after 40 years in office, and several candidates already have announced plans to run. The election will be Nov. 3 with a runoff on Nov. 17 likely.

The event begins with a check-in at 11 a.m., and the program runs from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. For tickets or more information, contact Bea Girndt at or 843-725-2062. It also will be livestreamed at

Reach Robert Behre at 937-5771.