Kevin Killeen (@KMOXKilleen)

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – It looks like a standoff.

St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley says he won’t debate challenger Steve Stenger, unless Stenger releases more income tax returns.

Stenger says he’s already released six years’ worth.

“I think I have a very good reason not to release the other returns that were, of course, filed with the federal government,” Stenger says. “And that is that I have a previous spouse who also would appear on those tax returnswe filed those returns jointlyand I don’t have her authorization to release those returns, so those returns will not be released.”

The two Democrats face each other in the August primary.

Statement released by advisor to Charlie Dooley, Linda Goldstein:
“We have not yet seen any correspondence from Steve Stenger or his campaign requesting a debate. Charlie Dooley looks forward to a debate, but Steve Stenger is not being straight with the voters. He refuses to release even one single state tax return or any supporting schedules for what he has released. What is he hiding? He has all of our tax information. We welcome a debate just as soon as the voters have full disclosure of Stenger’s state taxes so we can have a robust discussion about transparency and ethics. But if he won’t be straight with voters, we won’t dignify him with a debate.”

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