Every week, St. Louis Public Radio's Chris McDaniel, Jo Mannies and Jason Rosenbaum talk about the week’s politics. On this show, our guest is St. Louis County Councilman Steve Stenger, a Democrat from Affton who is challenging County Executive Charlie Dooley in this summer’s primary.
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During his appearance, Stenger:
- Promised to do more to attract business, if elected county executive. “I will sell St. Louis County,” he said.
- Recalled that Dooley had proposed in 2011 to close half of the county’s parks in a failed attempt to force the County Council to approve a property tax hike;
- Declined to take a position on proposals to merge St. Louis (where he was born) with St. Louis County without more information; he emphasized the decision should be up to voters;
- Disputed Dooley’s assertion that his administration wasn’t the target of federal investigations;
- Released copies of the last six years of his federal tax returns, in response to Dooley’s earlier release of tax returns. But Stenger said that the focus on tax returns was “a red herring’’ to distract the public from the real issues facing the county.
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