Stavrinakis picks up support of 3 West Ashley council members

Leon Stavrinakis

Three Charleston City Council members on Saturday announced their support for mayoral candidate Leon Stavrinakis.

Statements released by Council members Dean Riegel, Aubry Alexander and Marvin Wagner, all of West Ashley, cited state Rep. Stavrinakis’ “deep roots” in the area and his plans to complete Interstate 526 as reasons for their endorsements.

“Leon possesses the vision, the courage, and the leadership skills to finish (Interstate 526), to resolve the traffic and flooding challenges of West Ashley, and to ensure that the City of Charleston continues to be one of the most livable cities in our great nation,” Riegel is quoted as saying in a news release.

Stavrinakis “understands the needs of West Ashley,” Alexander said, adding that he has a “proven record securing the funding for I-526 and his commitment (to) finishing the job.”

Wagner, too, cited traffic concerns as his reason for voting for Stavrinakis.

“Serious problems require serious leadership,” he said.

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Stavrinakis will face businessman John Tecklenburg Nov. 17 in a runoff to elect Charleston’s first new mayor since 1975.

“I’m proud to have the support of these West Ashley leaders,” Stavrinakis is quoted in the release as saying. “I was born, raised, and educated right here in West Ashley and my wife and I are raising our three children here now. Every day when I take my kids to school and commute to work I sit through the traffic on Savannah Highway, Highway 61 and 526 just like other suburban residents. ... We’ve got to finish 526 and invest in new technology to synch up our traffic lights to get residents around quicker and more efficiently.”

Reach Christina Elmore at (843) 937-5908.

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