Steve Stenger

10:43 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Coalition of Black Democratic Officials Endorses Republican Stream For County Executive

African-American elected officials announce that they endorse Rick Stream, a Republican, for St. Louis County Executive.
Credit Jo Mannies | St. Louis Public Radio

For some in both camps, the decision of a group of African-American Democratic officials to endorse Republican Rick Stream for county executive boils down to one word:


Berkeley Mayor Ted Hoskins said as much when he explained at Wednesday’s news conference — which featured about two dozen north St. Louis County officials — that Stream’s conservative views and legislative votes aren’t the issue.

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2014 General Election
9:42 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Stream and Stenger Head Into Final Stretch In Battle For County Executive

Credit Parth Shah | St. Louis Public Radio intern

With the nationally watched unrest in Ferguson as a backdrop, St. Louis County’s contest for county executive may well live up to its hype as the region’s marquee contest on the Nov. 4 ballot.

And although Election Day is a month away, Republican Rick Stream and Democrat Steve Stenger, both St. Louis natives, already are running attack ads – a sign that their battle may be tighter than the county’s Democratic-leaning demographics might indicate.

Their pitches fit in with their parties’ traditional jabs:

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5:36 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

'We Are Collectively Facing An Image Crisis Of Global Proportions'

A police in Ferguson on Aug. 18
Credit Ray Jones | UPI

The St. Louis Economic Development Partnership is defending its decision to approve funds for “crisis communications” in response to the unrest in Ferguson.

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On The Trail
3:01 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Could McCulloch Delay Grand Jury Announcement To Help Stenger?

Councilman Steve Stenger, D-Affton, shakes hands with St. Louis Prosecutor Bob McCulloch during last year's announcement of Stenger's county executive bid.
Credit Bill Greenblatt, UPI

St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch was helping Councilman Steve Stenger in his bid for county executive from literally the moment he started running.

McCulloch was the introductory speaker at the Affton Democrat’s campaign kickoff last year. He's contributed close to $100,000 in in-kind contributions to Stenger's campaign. And he's appeared in ads attacking incumbent St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley and praising Stenger’s promise to “clean up” St. Louis County.

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2014 General Election
1:42 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Stenger's First TV Ad Focuses Solely On Ferguson

Steve Stenger
Credit Parth Shah | St. Louis Public Radio

There’s no better confirmation that a controversy is affecting a campaign than when the targeted candidate faces the camera and simply talks about the issue at hand.

So it is with Steve Stenger, the Democratic nominee for St. Louis County executive. His first ad addresses what’s arguably his biggest political headache: Ferguson.

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St. Louis County Executive
1:32 am
Wed September 24, 2014

Stream Jabs Stenger In First TV Ad Of County Executive Contest

Rick Stream
Credit Parth Shah | St. Louis Public Radio

State Rep. Rick Stream, the Republican nominee for St. Louis County executive, has fired off the first TV ad of the general election campaign.

And a chunk of  the 30-second spot is an attack against Democrat Steve Stenger, who currently sits on the County Council.

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St. Louis County Executive
5:49 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Stream Suggests McCulloch Reconsider Remaining In Charge Of Ferguson Probe

State Rep. Rick Stream, R-Kirkwood
Credit Parth Shah | St. Louis Public Radio

State Rep. Rick Stream, the Republican nominee for St. Louis County executive, says that county Prosecutor Bob McCulloch should think seriously about whether he should remain in charge of an investigation into the Ferguson police shooting last month that set off weeks of unrest.

“I’m not calling on him to step aside,” Stream said in an interview. “But I do think, if a quarter of the population in the county has no confidence in your ability to do an impartial investigation, that’s something that should be seriously considered by the prosecutor. That’s his decision.” 

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Candidate Debate
12:24 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

St. Louis Public Radio To Host St. Louis County Executive Debate

Steve Stenger, Democrat, left, and Rick Stream, Republican, are running for St. Louis County executive.
Credit Photos courtesy of the candidates

St. Louis County executive candidates Steve Stenger and Rick Stream will face off in a public debate Oct. 14 hosted by St. Louis Public Radio in partnership with the University of Missouri–St. Louis. It is the first planned debate ahead of the Nov. 4 election.

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Michael Brown
11:25 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Anger Over Brown's Death Boils Over Into St. Louis County Council Meeting

Protests and chants came into the St. Louis County Council chambers Tuesday night.
Credit Jason Rosenbaum | St. Louis Public Radio

It’s been well over a month since a Ferguson police officer shot and killed Michael Brown. And for the most part, the St. Louis County Council was shielded from the unbridled anger over the 18-year-old’s death.

That reprieve ended on Tuesday.

The council’s chambers were packed with supporters of Brown and his family, with the vast majority of the crowd giving the county’s top executive and legislative officeholders a blazing array of criticism.

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Primary Election 2014
4:32 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

Stenger Outspent Dooley To Win But Big Spending Failed To Help Transportation Tax

Steve Stenger, left, and Charlie Dooley
Credit Parth Shah, St. Louis Public Radio

(Updated 5:37 p.m. Thurs., Sept. 4)

In political campaigns, the biggest spenders often win. But not always.

That ended up being a major theme in Missouri's Aug. 5 primary for which the final campaign-finance reports -- due Thursday -- showed stark contrasts.

St. Louis County Councilman Steve Stenger, now the Democratic nominee for county executive, heads into his fall campaign with roughly $285,000 in the bank and an even larger debt.

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