ST. LOUIS (KMOX) –Ameren Missouri has donated 565 window unit air conditioners to help seniors and the disabled stay cool this summer.

That was the announcement this morning at the annual Cool Down St. Louis kick off with the Reverend Earl Nance Jr.

“We’ve got to get our seniors to turn on the air and worry about their electric bill later,” Nance said.

Organizers say last year Cool Down raised more than half a million dollars to help the poor pay their cooling bills. Contributions can be made through United MIssouri Bank.

Among those attending the event were St. Charles County Executive Steve Ehlmann, and St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley and St. Louis County Councilman Steve Stenger.

Dooley and Stenger, who are running against each other in the August Democratic primary for county executive, stood apart during the ceremony but helped carry air conditioners to the truck for a publicity shot.

Afterwards, KMOX asked both men if they plan to debate each other for the closely-watched election. Dooley repeated his insistence that Stenger must release 10 years of income tax returns before he will consider a debate. Stenger called that a “dodge,” saying he has already released several years of returns, but left out those years that would compromise the privacy of his ex-wife.

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