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Politically Speaking: Stenger Makes His Case For A Change In St. Louis County

St. Louis County Executive-elect Steve Stenger talks to St. Louis Public Radio reporters Nov. 5, 2014, during a recording of the 'Politically Speaking' podcast.
Chris McDaniel
St. Louis Public Radio
St. Louis County Councilman Steve Stenger

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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Jo Mannies has been covering Missouri politics and government for almost four decades, much of that time as a reporter and columnist at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. She was the first woman to cover St. Louis City Hall, was the newspaper’s second woman sportswriter in its history, and spent four years in the Post-Dispatch Washington Bureau. She joined the St. Louis Beacon in 2009. She has won several local, regional and national awards, and has covered every president since Jimmy Carter. She scared fellow first-graders in the late 1950s when she showed them how close Alaska was to Russia and met Richard M. Nixon when she was in high school. She graduated from Valparaiso University in northwest Indiana, and was the daughter of a high school basketball coach. She is married and has two grown children, both lawyers. She’s a history and movie buff, cultivates a massive flower garden, and bakes banana bread regularly for her colleagues.
Jason is the politics correspondent for St. Louis Public Radio.

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