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Charleston gained a new member of city council Tuesday night as Boyd Gregg defeated Shawn Pinkston in the runoff election for the Charleston City Council District 1 race. Gregg, who will represent a district stretching from Daniel Island to parts of downtown, earned 69% of the total vote with 1,182 votes against Pinkston’s 533.  In other Charleston election news: On Monday, Mayor John Tecklenburg told WCBD that he would seek a third term.

Meanwhile in the annual State of the City address Tuesday, Tecklenburg disparaged radical, political thinking and urged residents to celebrate “common-sense” thinking on four of the city’s biggest goals moving forward. More: The Post and Courier, Charleston City Paper, WCSC TV, The State, WCBD TV 

In other headlines:

Lowcountry nonprofit Reading Partners in need of more volunteers. Reading Partners South Carolina is a non-profit organization that provides underserved kids with the support they need to improve their literacy skills, but without volunteers, its reach is greatly diminished. More: WCSC TV

Charleston City Council defers racial conciliation commission after proposed amendments. Charleston City Council on Jan. 25 voted 7-5 to defer a final vote on forming the Human Affairs and Racial Conciliation Commission after months of debate and hours of public comment. More: The Post and Courier 

Graham seeking support for budget amendment to U.S. Constitution. U.S. Sen Lindsey Graham returned to South Carolina to ask state lawmakers to support the passage of a proposed amendment to the U.S. Constitution to require a balanced federal budget. More: Associated Press, WCSC TV

S.C. halts affordable housing tax break after spike in demand, criticism. A tax incentive program which was supposed to bring more affordable housing to South Carolina is being put on hold following criticism from state officials. More: The State 

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