Goodwin defeats Richardson in Democratic Charleston mayoral primary

Amy Shuler Goodwin defeats Andy Richardson in the Democratic Charleston mayoral primary. (WCHS/WVAH)

Former West Virginia tourism commissioner Amy Shuler Goodwin defeated Charleston City Councilman Andy Richardson in the Democratic primary race for Charleston mayor

Goodwin received 65 percent of the vote, while Richardson had 34 percent of the vote.

In November, Goodwin will face Republican JB Akers, an attorney and the Charleston city clerk, who ran unopposed in the primary.

During her campaign, Goodwin said she wanted to start building a coalition of Charleston residents as part of a collaborative effort to identify the city’s strengths, challenges, realistic long-term goals and to develop a strategic plan.

Goodwin also highlighted some of the issues she said Charleston is facing including declining population, the regional drug epidemic and a lack of trust in the water system.

The former state tourism commissioner also emphasized positive things she said Charleston has going for it: a relatively sound financial position relative to the state and other cities, virtually brand new Civic Center and a great riverfront and riverfront venue.

Winner of the mayoral race in November will fill a seat currently held by Mayor Danny Jones, who is serving a record fourth term and is in his final stint in office.

Goodwin is the wife of former U.S. attorney Booth Goodwin, who made an unsuccessful bid for governor in the Democratic primary.

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