Six legislators and party activists support Leon Stavrinakis for mayor

Leon Stavrinakis

A bipartisan group of four state representatives and two party activists have endorsed Leon Stavrinakis for mayor of the city of Charleston.

Stavrinakis, a Democratic state representative from Charleston, is one of seven candidates who have said they will run for mayor.

Democratic state Reps. Wendell Gilliard and Seth Whipper, and Republic Reps. Peter McCoy and Jim Merrill have endorsed Stavrinakis. So have Democratic party activist Katie Monoc and Republican party activist Sandy Senn.

Mayor Joe Riley is not seeking re-election for the office he has held since 1975. The election to replace him will be Nov. 3, with a Nov. 17 runoff likely. Filing for the seat doesn’t begin until August.

Stavrinakis said he was honored to have the support from such a diverse group of leaders.

“Over the course of my service on County Council and in the state Legislature, I have been able to get things done for Charleston by bringing Democrats and Republicans together,” said Stavrinakis. “I am honored to receive such great support for our campaign from leaders in our community and in both political parties.”