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Politically Speaking: County Executive Dooley Makes His Case For Re-Election

Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio

Every week, St. Louis Public Radio's Chris McDaniel, Jo Mannies and Jason Rosenbaum talk about the week’s politics.  

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We know you can’t get enough of Politically Speaking, which is why we have two episodes this week. The Politically Speaking crew's latest interview features St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley, a Democrat who has held the powerful local office since late 2003.

Dooley is facing a stiff challenge in the August primary from fellow Democrat Steve Stenger, a county councilman from south St. Louis County.

Dooley says he is prepared to mount a vigorous campaign, contending that there’s still plenty of work to be done to increase economic opportunity throughout St. Louis County.

During the show, Dooley said:

  • His military service in Vietnam in the 1960s gave him a "different perspective on this country and what it means to me." He says it also made him more attuned to the needs of veterans.
  • If someone told him in 1978 that he would someday be the chief executive of largest and wealthiest county in Missouri, he would have said, "No, you're joking. It's not true. And it's not ever going to happen."
  • He was heartened by the Missouri Housing Development Commission's recent decision to approve low-income housing tax credit for senior living facilities in the county. 
  • He flatly denied that either he or his administration is under FBI investigation. He said that "every time Charlie Dooley runs for county executive every four years, somebody indicates that there's corruption or someone is doing something wrong," adding that "all of it has been unfounded."
  • He called on Stenger, and any Republican challengers, to release their income taxes. During the final minutes of the show, Dooley surprised Mannies, McDaniel and Rosenbaum by pulling out a large envelope containing copies of nearly a decade of his income tax forms.

(Council Steve Stenger is scheduled to appear on Politically Speaking soon.)
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Jason is the politics correspondent for St. Louis Public Radio.
Jo Mannies has been covering Missouri politics and government for almost four decades, much of that time as a reporter and columnist at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. She was the first woman to cover St. Louis City Hall, was the newspaper’s second woman sportswriter in its history, and spent four years in the Post-Dispatch Washington Bureau. She joined the St. Louis Beacon in 2009. She has won several local, regional and national awards, and has covered every president since Jimmy Carter. She scared fellow first-graders in the late 1950s when she showed them how close Alaska was to Russia and met Richard M. Nixon when she was in high school. She graduated from Valparaiso University in northwest Indiana, and was the daughter of a high school basketball coach. She is married and has two grown children, both lawyers. She’s a history and movie buff, cultivates a massive flower garden, and bakes banana bread regularly for her colleagues.