Middle school social studies teacher Craig Jelks says Charleston Mayor Joe Riley has done a great job, ‘and he deserves retirement.’
That’s one big reason why Jelks, 29, has decided to enter the race.
‘I’m about the same age Riley was when he was first elected,’ Jelks said Monday. ‘I think having the same mayor for over 30 years doesn’t contribute to the greatness of the city.’
Jelks, who taught two years at Sanders-Clyde Middle School downtown before taking his current job at Sangaree Middle School, said he also is running because he thinks the city can and should do more to support public schools
While the Birmingham, Ala., native has not sought public office before, his political experience includes political science degrees from Howard University (bachelor’s) and Columbia University (master’s), as well as interning with U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., and former U.S. Sen. Bill Frist, R-Tenn.
Jelks is at least the third challenger to Riley — who is seeking a 10th four-year term.
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