RAW: County Executive Candidates Speak for Themselves

FLORISSANT (KMOX) – For about two hours, the five candidates for St. Louis County Executives talked about their priorities, what they believe to be the issues, what they perceive to be each others’ shortfalls. They also responded to concerns from the audience.

This may be the only meeting between incumbent Charlie Dooley and challenger Steve Stenger.

Besides their opening and closing statements, each candidate was given one minute to respond to a question from the League of Women Voters moderator. They had to stay on topic and couldn’t engage each other.

Here, raw and unedited, is their forum:

1. Each candidate was given the chance to introduce themselves:

Opening Statements

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2. Where do you see the county in the next four years?

Next Four Years

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3. What would you do to better support county police?

County Police

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4. Jobs, jobs, jobs.

Job Creation

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5. Would you push for a state audit of St. Louis County government?

County Audit

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6. How would a hypothetical city-county merger impact the county?

City-County Merger

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7. Should the EPA take control of and clean-up the radioactive West Lake Landfill?

West Lake Landfill

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8. Will you lower property taxes, especially for low-income families?

Property Taxes

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9. What would you do to reinvigorate north St. Louis County?

Revitalize North County

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10. Do you support Prop 7? What would you do to expand MetroLink?

Transportation Issues

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11. Can more be done to help victims of domestic violence?

Women's Shelter

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12. What about the $80 million sitting in the Children’s Service Fund?

Children's Service Fund

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13. Is there an update on the much-maligned senior development in Oakville?

Oakville Senior Center

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14. The gun debate


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15. What minimum criteria would you use for appointing people to county positions?

County Appointments

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16. Is the county stuck paying $5.9 million as a result of the trash hauler lawsuit?

Trash Pick-up Program

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17. Three county employees in the audience say they haven’t gotten a raise four of the last six years and their pay is 8-10% below market value. When will they get a raise?

Employee Pay

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18. Are there opportunities to consolidate some services between the city and county?

City-County Cooperation

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19. What are some specific ways to boost people above the poverty line?


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NOTE: You can probably hear the audio quality deteriorate through the course of the audio clips. There were some technical problems at the venue, and the buzz on the media feed totally overwhelmed the speakers early in the closing statements, so those are unfortunately not available.

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