Monday marked a new day in Charleston’s history. Mayor Joseph P. Riley Jr. retired after 40 years as the leader of the Holy City. Now, incoming Mayor John Tecklenburg is at the helm.
I attended Mayor Tecklenburg’s inauguration reception and had the chance to take a picture with him. I’m looking forward to working with the mayor to continue improving accessibility within our city.
Mayor Joe Riley’s legacy will continue to be a positive influence on our community. He has done a lot for accessibility within Charleston. He helped improve the accessibility of the scenic sidewalk along The Battery and declared the first Saturday in November as Students with Disabilities Day.
That first Saturday in November is when the Charleston James Island Connector Run is often held each year. The race is a fundraiser to provide scholarships to students with disabilities through the Gavalas Kolanko Foundation.
As we move in to this new era in Charleston, let us continue to make strides for inclusion and diversity for all people.