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Councilman Steve Stenger announces that he is challenging St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley in next August's Democratic primary.
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This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: St. Louis County Councilman Greg Quinn isn't the most likely person to be enthused about a Democratic county executive.

But the Ballwin Republican couldn't help but express optimism about the prospect of fellow Councilman Steve Stenger, D-Affton, upending incumbent St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley.

“I think he’d do a very good job as county executive,” Quinn said. “And I think he would get right to work at fixing what’s broken in St. Louis County.”

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch has been in this position before – taking a stand in a combative Democratic primary, when most of his party wanted to stay out of the line of political fire.

St. Louis County councilman Steve Stenger, left, shakes hands with St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch after announcing he is in the race for St. Louis county executive.
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This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Bob McCulloch isn’t running for county executive, but his words could have signaled otherwise Tuesday as he presented a scathing critique of County Executive Charlie Dooley, a fellow Democrat – and a call for him to be replaced by County Councilman Steve Stenger.

At Stenger’s rousing kickoff in Clayton, McCulloch blasted what he called “the total destruction of the reputation and integrity of county government’’ under Dooley’s watch.

Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio.

St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley officially has a challenger in next year’s Democratic primary: St. Louis County Councilman Steve Stenger.

Stenger said he decided to run after a string of controversies in the county.

“We’ve seen, you know, in the health department alone, basically $3 million walking out the door for a phony company,” Stenger said in front of union members and other supporters.

“Well that’s $3 million right there. Over the years, we’ve had quite literally millions upon millions of dollars of fat that has been wasted by the executive branch.”

St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley, left,and  St. Louis County Councilman Steve Stenger, D-Affton. Stenger is planning to announce his bid for county executive this week.
Jason Rosenbaum | St. Louis Beacon | 2013

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: St. Louis County Councilman Steve Stenger’s primary bid against Charlie Dooley, the incumbent county executive, isn’t exactly a surprise.

While Stenger was planning to announce his primary bid against Dooley Tuesday, he's been telegraphing his intra-party challenge for months. After all, the Affton Democrat has been amassing hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign cash since winning re-election.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: St. Louis County Council member Steve Stenger, D-Affton, is expected to declare on Tuesday his plans to challenge St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley, a fellow Democrat, in 2014.

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Updated at 3:45 p.m. on August 14, 2013 and at 11:10 a.m. on August 15, 2013 (to add comment from Ameren).

Another St. Louis County official is calling for tighter pollution controls at Ameren's Meramec power plant.

St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley today released a letter he sent to the Environmental Protection Agency, urging the agency to pursue sulfur dioxide controls at the Meramec plant.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: Missouri state Auditor Tom Schweich so far has amassed $293,825 in the bank for his expected 2014 re-election bid, thanks in part to a $100,000 donation from prominent St. Louis businessman Sam Fox.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: The St. Louis County Council passed a resolution on Tuesday to send an Oakville project for low-income seniors back to the county’s planning and zoning commission.

It was a move that pleased hundreds of residents of the south St. Louis County township that jammed Tuesday’s meeting.

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Members of the St. Louis County Council have reached a budget deal that avoids the closure of 23 county parks.

The two sides announced the compromise at a County Council meeting Tuesday night. The new 2012 budget keeps open all 50 of the county parks, and reduces the number of job cuts from 173 to about 40. It also maintains plowing in unincorporated areas that receive less than two inches of snow.

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