Located down the road from The Elliott House Inn, is Charleston City Hall. Joe Riley Jr., has been mayor of the city since 1975. Joe Riley Jr., is the longest continuous running mayor in Charleston’s history. This November, will be the first time in forty years that Charleston will have to elect a new mayor. Riley served in the South Carolina House of Representatives, and has received numerous awards for leadership in government. He graduated from the Citadel in 1964, and the University of South Carolina Law School in 1967. He has helped to Charleston through Hugo, floods, and economic folly, to help create a bustling international renowned city. He spearhead a project that would bring together a thriving arts festival, known as the Spoleto Arts Festival. In 2009, President Barack Obama presented Mayor Riley National Medal of the Arts at the White House for bringing back Charleston’s historic and cultural resources to enhance and create public spaces, and for stimulating and bolstering at-risk youth facility centers throughout our nation as founder and creator, of the Mayors’ Institute on City Design.