John Tecklenberg, a Charleston businessman and former director of economic development for the city of Charleston, has formally filed for the 2015 Charleston mayoral election.
"I’m running for mayor because I love this city, and because I believe we need a leader who will put Charleston city government squarely on the side of our citizens — the people who live in our neighborhoods, work in our businesses, commute on our roads and invest in our community with their time, their taxes and their talents," Tecklenberg said in a statement. "These are the people who make our city the special place that it is. And they deserve a city government that’s focused on their concerns: safer communities, better schools, faster commutes, wiser development policies and smarter city services that meet their needs and protect their pocketbooks."
Tecklenberg has more than three decades of executive experience, having worked with private businesses, charitable organizations and Charleston city government.
"As mayor, I will work every day to make our city more livable, our government more responsive and our municipal services more professional." he said in his statement. "I will ensure that all areas of the city — West Ashley, James Island, John’s Island, Daniel Island and the Peninsula — get the respect and attention they deserve. And I will never forget that being mayor of Charleston is not about politics — it’s about serving the people who call this special city home.
Tecklenberg is a Georgetown University graduate. He founded Southern Oil Co. and was the company's president until he sold the business in 1995. He later served under Mayor Joe Riley as Charleston's director of economic development. He has served on the boards of a variety of local charities and non-profits.
Presently, Tecklenberg is employed by Clement, Crawford & Thornhill and serves as the president of SC Strong. He has five grown children and lives in West Ashley with his wife, Sandy.
"It would be the highest honor of my life if the people of Charleston gave me the opportunity to serve them as their next mayor — and to lead our city into the even better, even brighter, future that I know lies ahead," Tecklenberg said in his statement.