Tecklenburg announces bid to be Charleston’s next mayor

  • Monday, April 21, 2014

Charleston businessman John J. Tecklenburg announced today that he is seeking election as Charleston's next mayor to work with residents to craft a common, long-term vision filled with new ideas to improve Charleston's quality of life.

“Together, we strengthen Charleston,” said Tecklenburg, a commercial realtor whose family ties to the Holy City go back generations. “It is up to all of us to create a new, shared vision going forward that involves all of our citizens.”

“By defining a clear and collaborative vision and then working together to make it happen, I believe Charleston's best days are ahead of us. That's why I'd be honored to serve as your next mayor.”

“I'm a common-sense business person with a caring heart inspired to community service by my faith and the example of my family.”

Tecklenburg said he would first focus on three priorities as mayor:

Charleston 2020: “I will launch Charleston 2020, a new community dialogue to refine a clear and compelling common vision – a blueprint, if you will – for our city's future. We'll need everyone's ideas and everyone's involvement to make our city's future greater.”

CitiStat: “I will launch CitiStat, an innovative management tool to make our city work better and smarter, and to be operated in a more open and transparent way. Most importantly, we'll use it to provide better services without raising taxes. CitiStat has improved cities around the country that have used this tool.”

Infrastructure and opportunities: “I'll focus on improving both our physical infrastructure and advancing opportunities for our citizens in all parts of our city. We must repair and maintain our parks, sidewalks, drainage and other parts of our public realm. In addition, we must work harder than ever to enhance opportunities for our people in education, jobs, recreation, housing, the arts and much more.”

Charleston Mayor Joseph P. Riley, Jr., who has served as mayor since 1976, has stated he will not seek another term when his current term is over. The next city election for mayor is in November 2015.

About John Tecklenburg

Charleston native John Tecklenburg is a community leader with broad business and public service experience. He's been a successful small-business owner and leader in local community organizations. Prior to becoming a commercial realtor in 2001, he was the City of Charleston's business advocate as its director of economic development (1995-99) and owner and president of Southern Oil Company (1978-95). John is inspired by a family legacy of public service and guided by his faith in God. Tecklenburg, a graduate of Georgetown University, and his wife Sandy live and raised five children in Charleston.

For more info, visit www.tecklenburgformayor.com

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