The International Longshoremen’s Association Local 1422 has endorsed John Tecklenburg for mayor of Charleston, according to a release from the Tecklenburg campaign.
Association representatives selected Tecklenburg as their choice after meeting with several of the six candidates running for mayor, the release stated.
“I’ve been proud to call John Tecklenburg a friend for more than 20 years, and I know that he’ll make a great mayor for all the people of Charleston,” stated ILA Local 1422 President Kenneth Riley.
Tecklenburg, a local businessman, said he was honored to have the endorsement, particularly given the port workers’ extraordinary performance over the last five years, with container volumes rising by nearly 50 percent and earnings at the port up by more than 350 percent.
“As many of you know, my father, Henry Tecklenburg, was once the chairman of the State Ports Authority, and this endorsement means a great deal to me.” Tecklenburg stated. “I know that the remarkable growth our port has seen over the last five years is due in no small part to the hard work, skill and dedication of the men and women of ILA 1422, and I’m proud to have their support.”
On Nov. 3, Tecklenburg will face five other candidates in the race to replace Charleston Mayor Joe Riley, who has held the city’s top post for 40 years. They are Ginny Deerin, Riley’s former campaign manager; Charleston City Councilman William Dudley Gregorie; nonprofit director Toby Smith; state Rep. Leon Stavrinakis; and businessman Maurice Washington.
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