Eyewitness News hosting town hall forum with Charleston Democratic mayoral candidates

Eyewitness News will host a town hall forum Thursday, March 1, featuring Democratic Charleston mayoral candidates Amy Goodwin and Andy Richardson. (WCHS/WVAH)

Two Democratic Charleston mayoral candidates will face off in a Your Voice Your Future Town Hall forum that will be streamed online by Eyewitness News.

Candidates Amy Goodwin and Andy Richardson will discuss the issues 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, March 1, in the studios of WCHS-TV and Fox 11. The discussion with the candidates will be moderated by Eyewitness News Anchor Rick Lord and will be shown live on and on the stations' Facebook page.

Join the conversation on our Twitter and Facebook pages. You also can submit a question to the candidates by emailing

The winner of the race between Goodwin and Richardson in the May 8 primary election will face Republican JB Akers in the November general election.

Goodwin is the former West Virginia tourism commissioner and is the wife of former U.S. attorney Booth Goodwin. Richardson, a Charleston city councilman, was the first commissioner of the West Virginia Bureau of Employment Programs.

Both have described in videos why they are running for office.

Richardson said Charleston is his hometown, and he has lived here his whole life. He said he has served the community in various ways and is excited to offer fresh ideas and new perspectives on ways to deal with the drug epidemic, diversify the economy and grow Charleston.

Goodwin said she loves this city and state and loves the people. A mother of two boys, she said she wants them to grow up in a city with strong community connections that has lots of things to see and do. She wants it to be a place where they can stay and raise their families.

Both have been campaigning as they make their case to voters. They each have been reaching out to voters through social media. Richardson's Facebook page can be found here, and Goodwin's Facebook page can be found here.

On the campaign trail, Richardson did a ride-along with Charleston police.

Goodwin took a turn working alongside city workers doing garbage pickup on the West Side.

Whoever wins the next race for mayor will have a tall task. The capital city faces a number of challenges: its population has dipped below 50,000, it has a growing problem with its homeless population and vagrant crime and the financially struggling Charleston Town Center was recently placed under receivership.

The winning candidate will take over a vacancy that will be left when current Mayor Danny Jones leaves office. Jones is in his final stint as mayor after serving a record four terms.

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