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Politically Speaking: Councilwoman Wasinger on stadiums, police and the county executive

St. Louis County Councilwoman Colleen Wasinger, a Republican from Town and Country
Jason Rosenbaum | St. Louis Public Radio

On the latest episode of the Politically Speaking podcast, St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum and Jo Mannies welcome St. Louis County Councilwoman Colleen Wasinger to the show.

The Huntleigh Republican has represented the council’s 3rd District since 2007. The area includes such municipalities as Kirkwood, Manchester, Fenton, Sunset Hills, Frontenac and Valley Park.

A real estate attorney by trade, Wasinger first entered public life when she was elected to the Town and Country Board of Aldermen. Her most competitive race was  in 2006, when she bested then-Fenton Mayor Dennis Hancock in the GOP primary for the 3rd District. She recently won re-election to her Republican-leaning district without opposition.

Wasinger is one of two Republicans on the seven-person county council. But in recent years, she’s been part of a bipartisan alliance with St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger. When the Democratic county executive was on the county council, Wasinger was part of a five-person coalition that often blocked some of then-St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley’s initiatives. That coalition remains intact, and Stenger essentially has a 6-1 majority on the council to approve his agenda.

On the show, Wasinger said:

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Music: “Buffalo Stance” by Neneh Cherry

Jason is the politics correspondent for St. Louis Public Radio.
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.

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