The Call Newspapers Endorse Stenger for County Executive
October 29, 2014 – No matter who wins the county executive’s race in next Tuesday’s election, one thing is for sure: The Charlie Dooley era is quickly coming to an end.
Dooley’s tenure as county executive essentially ended when 6th District County Councilman Steve Stenger, D-Affton, trounced him in the Democratic primary in August.
Given Stenger’s 2-to-1 margin of victory, it’s clear county voters wanted a change at the top.
And that’s good news for residents, given the repeated scandals, cronyism, nepotism, political favors and investigations we’ve witnessed under Dooley’s administration….
Stenger, an attorney and certified public accountant, was elected to the County Council in November 2008 and re-elected in November 2012.
It’s worth noting that when Stenger first ran for the County Council in 2008, we did not endorse him, as we believed he would be little more than a rubber stamp for Dooley. But after he assumed office, Stenger quickly proved that was not the case….
So the question becomes, which candidate has the ability to put Dooley’s mismanagement behind him and quickly move St. Louis County forward? With one notable exception, Stenger has developed a good relationship with other members of the County Council during his tenure — something that will allow him to hit the ground running…
Therefore, the Call endorses Stenger for county executive.
Read full endorsement here