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Politically Speaking: A closer look at St. Louis County’s fractious election cycle

St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger confers with Councilman Pat Dolan at a Dec. 19, 2017, meeting of the St. Louis County Council.
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St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger confers with Councilman Pat Dolan at a Dec. 19, 2017, meeting of the St. Louis County Council.

This week’s Politically Speaking takes a look at three competitive elections in St. Louis County. It comes as relations between St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger and the St. Louis County Council have deteriorated.

Stenger is facing an expensive bid for re-election against businessman Mark Mantovani. St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch is engaged in an increasingly high-profile race against Ferguson City Councilman Wesley Bell. And two Democrats are challenging Councilman Pat Dolan’s bid for re-election.

The outcome of these races could have a long-lasting impact on Missouri politics. That’s because St. Louis County is one of the most important Democratic voting bases — and a strong turnout there could be crucial in November for U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill and state Auditor Nicole Galloway.

Even if Stenger prevails against Mantovani, he still may have a hostile County Council for at least a couple of years. If Lisa Clancy or Michael Burton end up beating Dolan, Stenger will have no allies on the council anymore.

Click here to read all of St. Louis Public Radio’s coverage of the 2018 primary.

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