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Stenger to Challenge Dooley for St. Louis County Executive

Kevin Killeen
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St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley and councilmen Steve Stenger and Mike O'Mara during a council meeting on Tuesday, December 6th, 2011. (KMOX/Michael Calhoun)

St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley and councilmen Steve Stenger and Mike O’Mara during a council meeting on Tuesday, December 6th, 2011. (KMOX/Michael Calhoun)

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CLAYTON, Mo. (KMOX) – Its campaign battle stations for St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley, as a member of the county council is expected to announce he is running against Dooley in the Democratic primary.

South County Councilman Steve Stenger, a frequent critic of County Executive Charlie Dooley, is planning to formally announce his candidacy for the August 2014 primary Tuesday afternoon.

With county government currently the target of two criminal investigations, Stenger plans to position himself as a reform candidate — pushing the themes of crime, jobs, his vision for St. Louis County and how he would get things done.

Steve Stenger, county councilman and candidate for county executive.

Steve Stenger, county councilman and candidate for county executive.

Dooley has been on the job ten years, and has said he has no intentions of dropping out of the race, despite calls to do so from organized labor and from the county prosecutor.

Tuesday is also the day quarterly campaign finance reports are due with the Missouri Ethics Commission. How much money the two men have raised in the past three months could signal which way the wind is blowing.

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