Charleston Mayoral Runoff Debate

With only days to go until Charleston city residents head to the polls to decide who they want to lead the Holy City into the future, two candidates seeking the office of mayor will meet once again on the News 2 debate stage.

Incumbent Mayor John Tecklenburg and challenger William Cogswell will address issues that matter to you during a News 2 prime-time debate airing live on Thursday, November 16 at 8:00 p.m. and streaming online at Plus, stick around for a post-debate analysis show on immediately following the debate.

Tecklenburg and Cogswell were forced into a runoff election after none of the six candidates earned at least 50% of the vote during the Nov. 7 municipal election. Results from the South Carolina Election Commission show Cogswell with 36 percent of the vote (11,164) and Tecklenburg with 32 percent (9,936).

The remainder of the vote was split between four challengers — Mika Gadsden, Debra Gammons, Clay Middleton, and Peter Shahid.

Join Brendan Clark, Carolyn Murray, and Riley Benson as they ask the questions you want answered.

You are invited to join the conversation on social media using the hashtag #ChsMayorDebate

Watch the News 2 Charleston Mayoral Debate from October 26, 2023.

Meet the Candidates

John Tecklenburg, incumbent mayor

William Cogswell

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