Job growth and regional cooperation appear to be the themes of St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley's re-election campaign.
Dooley was flanked by local Democratic leaders and labor representatives last night when he formally kicked off his bid for a fourth term. Congressman William "Lacy" Clay, County Assessor Jake Zimmerman and former and current St. Louis mayors Vincent Schoemehl and Francis Slay were on hand to show their support for the Dooley candidacy. UAW Local 2250 President Van Simpson told Fox 2 News, "He's good for the region. He's good for the economic growth of the area."
Dooley will face fellow Democrat, County Councilman Steve Stenger in the August primary.
Stenger released the following statement Thursday night:
"I look forward to discussing the issues with Mr. Dooley over the next several months including my plan to restore trust, credibility and a AAA bond rating to St. Louis County."
The County lost it's AAA rating under Dooley's leadership, but the county executive says that was because of a change in the rating system.
Dooley responded to Stenger's statement by saying that no one can hold an elected office for ten years without something going wrong. He told Fox 2 News, "The key to it is, what do you do about it, in fixing it and correcting that problem? I'm telling you we're going to get on it. We're going to fix it, and we're going to move on."
South County Republican Tony Pousosa plans to run for St. Louis County Executive in 2014. The Green Park alderman announced his candidacy Tuesday night.
County Councilman Steve Stenger had announced last month that he will challenge incumbent Charlie Dooley for the Democratic nomination.
That could set up a rematch between Pousosa and Stenger. Pousosa unsuccessfully challenged Stenger for his 6th district council seat in 2012.
Amid recent controversies, St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley could be facing off against a new challenger in 2014. The St. Louis Beacon reports that County Council member Steve Stenger, a Democrat from Affton, may announce his intentions to run against Dooley as early as tomorrow. Stenger is expected to be backed by area labor leaders and possibly St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch, who said he would not endorse Dooley for reelection. Dooley's administration has come under fire as of late for an embezzlement scheme committed by a top health department administrator and for the FBI's investigation into questions surrounding the bidding process for contracts in the building of the county's crime lab.