Charleston Mayor Joe Riley announces bid for a 10th term (Update: Would be last)

Image by Joe Riley for Mayor

Update October 8: Riley told The Post and Courier that if he gets a 10th term he'd make it his last — Riley will be 72 when the next mayoral term ends.

The election is November 8.

Update: Riley has a total of four opponents: The previously mentioned David Farrow, and City Councilman William Dudley Gregorie, history teacher Craig Jelks, and restaurant manager Joshua Kennedy.

Update December 22, 2010: Live News 5 reports that local author and former Post and Courier columnist David Farrow has announced his candidacy for office. The announcement was posted on his blog on Tuesday.

Update December 19, humor: In a surprisingly light-hearted column, The Post and Courier is reflecting on the news of Riley's latest bid.

"King Riley," "mayor for life," and a comparatively short term to Summerville's mayor are all brought up in it; take a read over here

First reporting December 14: Seeking an even 40 years in office, City of Charleston Mayor Joe Riley has announced he is seeking his 10th consecutive term as the Holy City's mayor.

The mayor released the short video above and sent out a short e-mail message that said, "I want you to know that today I am announcing my intention to run for re-election next year. We have important challenges ahead."

Among his stated priorities are drainage, green, biking, tech innovation, and community redevelopment. The Charleston City Paper has done a bit of legwork hashing the video into a coherent narrative; read that here.

As of this moment I'm not recalling any likely challengers on the 2011 election scene, though I'm sure they'll surface.

Riley is 67 and has served as Charleston's mayor since 1975.

You can connect with e-mail updates and various social media channels on his campaign website.

Update December 15: The Post and Courier has filed their report which has some added background on Riley's politcial prowess and some speculation on challengers; read here.

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