CHARLESTON - Charleston Mayor Joe Riley says he will seek a 10th term in office next year.
Riley has served as mayor longer than anyone in Charleston’s 340-year history.
Riley made the announcement Tuesday morning in an e-mail to supporters, accompanied by a video message. The mayor says his campaign will officially begin next spring.
Riley is a Democrat, although the city has nonpartisan elections.
He told supporters there are important challenges ahead for Charleston, which has seen a citywide revitalization since he first became mayor in the 1970s.
Riley easily won re-election in 2007, even though some people were calling for change as the election came just months after the fire at the Sofa Super Store that killed nine Charleston firefighters.