Thursday, April 05, 2012

St. Louis County Executive Dooley to seek re-election in 2014

St. Louis County Executive Charlie A. Dooley announced that he will seek re-election in 2014. He has held the county's top office since 2003.

“I love what I do and I love my team,” Dooley, 64, said Thursday afternoon. “County voters have given me a great opportunity that few people get in a lifetime and I want to continue to work for them to make this a great community.”

Dooley, a Democrat, is seeking his third full term. He won a special election in 2004 to complete Westfall's term and won re-election to full terms in 2006 and 2010.

In the past, Dooley had waited until the actual year of an election to announce that he would run again.
Asked about the early timing of Thursday's announcement, Dooley said he “got a boost” from the passage in Tuesday's election of Proposition S, a $100 million bond to build and remodel the county's court buildings.

“I think we're on a bit of a roll, creating jobs and building infrastructure and keeping the county as the economic engine of the region and the state,” he said.

Dooley also acknowledged on Thursday the controversies that have rocked his administration in recent months, including bitter disputes with the Democratically-controlled County Council over budget issues and Dooley's threat to close some county parks and layoff workers.

As recently as December, Dooley said he had not made up his mind about whether to seek another term. But on Thursday, he said that, in his heart, he always intended to run again.

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  1. Anonymous12:18 PM

    Maybe this is just Charlie’s way of telling everybody to get out and vote in 2014 instead of sitting on their duffs at home expecting that the few people that do get out and vote wouldn’t be fool enough to re-elect and idiot to office. It’s often been said that people get the kind of government they deserve. Could their be any better proof of that axiom than St. Louis County?
    As for the $100 million dollar bond issue, is there anybody out there fool enough to believe that bonds are free money? They have to be paid back by a date certain and interest must be paid along the way. And the worse the credit rating of the issuing entity the more interest must be paid to attract investors. How much will these renovations really cost when this is taken into consideration Charlie? And wouldn’t there be enough money to do the job without a bond issue if you didn’t have soooooo many cronies on the county payroll?

  2. Anonymous9:17 AM

    The only way to get rid of Charlie to to VOTE.
    Almost got him this past election, but, we missed the mark.
    Vote out the liberal council persons as well.
    St. Louis County needs a new direction.

  3. Anonymous4:18 PM