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Columbia Mayoral Forum gives public chance to hear from mayoral hopefuls

The city will select a new mayor on November 2, 2021.

COLUMBIA, S.C. — News19 partnered with the Columbia Urban League Young Professionals to host a City of Columbia Mayoral Forum with the candidates seeking to replace Mayor Steve Benjamin in the upcoming election.

WLTX's Darci Strickland served as moderator for the event held at Allen University's Historic Chappelle Auditorium. 

Earlier this year, Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin -- Columbia's first Black mayor -- announced he was not running for a fourth term, ending his 10-year run leading the city. 

Four candidates are in the running -- former Councilman Moe Baddourah, Councilwoman Tameika Isaac-Devine, Sam Johnson (former assistant to Mayor Benjamin) and Councilman Daniel Rickenmann.  Baddourah, Isaac-Devine and Johnson will be attending the forum, Rickenmann had a scheduling conflict.

The 2021 election will be held Tuesday, November 2.

You can watch a replay of the entire forum below. 

VIDEO: Columbia Mayoral Forum 

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