Henry Fishburne endorses John Tecklenburg for mayor

Henry B. Fishburne

Former City Councilman Henry Fishburne has endorsed John Tecklenburg for mayor.

Fishburne, a former mayoral candidate who left the race before Election Day, was the second endorsement Tecklenburg received since he brought in the most votes in Tuesday’s election.

On Thursday, former candidate Ginny Deerin endorsed Tecklenburg.

Tecklenburg, a businessman, faces state Rep. Leon Stavrinakis in a runoff Nov. 17.

Gibbs Knotts, chairman of the College of Charleston’s political science department, said endorsements matter, “particularly in a runoff.” They can bring in votes, money and campaign workers.

Fishburne, a Republican, was supporting Maurice Washington in the six-way race for mayor. But Washington brought in only about 6 percent of the vote Tuesday.

He said he shifted his support because Tecklenburg is running for mayor because he loves the city. “He’s running for the right reasons, to make the city a better place for residents,” Fishburne said. “He’s a public servant, not a politician.”

Tecklenburg said Fishburne’s endorsement means a lot. Fishburne, he said, pushed to maintain and improve “the quality of life in this unique and special place we live in.”

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Knotts said he thinks the candidates will delve into traffic and transportation issues before the runoff. He did exit polling Tuesday night, and those issues clearly were among voters’ top concerns.

Tyler Jones, spokesman for the Stavrinakis campaign, said Stavrinakis would be releasing more endorsements next week.

Reach Diane Knich at (843) 937-5491 or on Twitter @dianeknich.

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