ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – The first of the campaign ads in the St. Louis County Executive’s race have surfaced, and challenger Steve Stenger comes out swinging.
Two ads from the Stenger campaign hit the airwaves today, the first focusing on issues with County parks.
Several years ago, County Executive Charlie Dooley proposed closing several parks because of a budget shortfall. Stenger jabbed back at him, saying it was mismanagement that caused the lack of funds, not an economic downturn. He ends the commercial with what will likely be his slogan.
“Charlie Dooley has been county executive for 10 years, and that’s long enough,” he says.
The second ad is darker, with ominous music, pointing out three different FBI investigations in the county: one in the Children’s Services Fund, another in the Health Department and the last with the county police board and its contracting practices.
At the end of the second ad, County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch appears saying he endorses Steve Stenger.
“This kind of corruption is a disgrace—ten years is long enough,” he says.
When asked why he decided to support Stenger and his campaign, McCulloch says people have lost faith in county government, and he thinks Stenger can restore it.
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