ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – This week, KMOX’s Charlie Brennan is doing extended interviews with the Democratic candidates for St. Louis County Executive.

Steve Stenger was in studio this morning, and he addressed the controversy over $80 million sitting in the Children’s Services Fund and spending it to help Normandy students.

“I think that if the Fund is there and it’s not being used, we have $80 million sitting in it,” Stenger said. “That’s two years of funding unused that should be used for the children of Normandy. And I wasn’t saying that the money should be used for the transfer of the studentsit wasn’t about that. It was about the mental health services that surround, and wrap-around services.”

Stenger told Charlie that he thinks the state, not the Normandy district, should cover tuition payments for transferring Normandy students.

He also blamed the Dooley administration for losing out on a $70 million investment for high-speed Google Fiber service.

“We could have had that here in St. Louis County, and the reason cited by Google was a lack of a cooperative governmentcooperation by way of the various municipalities, right of ways, and just basically all of the things that you need to bring that sort of infrastructure to St. Louis County,” he said.

Brennan asked Stenger about one of the more controversial topics in the race, the City-County merger.

“I am taking an analytical approach,” Stenger said. “I think that it is not prudent at this point to make a really political decision about that, and at this point, that’s all it would be.”

Stenger said he’s waiting until the Better Together studies are completed next year before making a decision. He wants to know what the effects would be on roads, health services and emergency response.

You can listen to the full interview here.

Incumbent Executive Charlie Dooley gets his own hour with Brennan on Thursday morning.

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