Monday, September 26, 2011

Top Spot in St. L Couinty May turn into a Race

From the Post Dispatch: BY PAUL HAMPEL • > 314-727-6234

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Three incumbents on the St. Louis County Council have announced their bids for re-election next year, with one hinting at higher ambitions.

Steve Stenger, D-Affton, who was elected from the 6th District in 2008, will go for his second full term - while leaving the door open to running for the county's top post in 2014.
Stenger, the council's chairman, has recently leveled public criticism at County Executive Charlie A. Dooley, a fellow Democrat, over budget issues. Stenger's comments have led to widespread speculation that he would seek Dooley's job. (Click on Photo to Enlarge)

When asked on Monday if that was, indeed, his goal, Stenger said, "My focus in the foreseeable future is to continue providing the best representation that I can for South County and St. Louis County as a whole on the County Council."

However, he added: "If members of our community asked me to run for County Executive in 2014, I would base my decision on what was best for St. Louis County at that time."

Dooley won re-election last year to his third, four-year term.

His spokesman, Mac Scott, said Monday that Dooley has not ruled out another run.

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