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Stenger Discusses His Goals For County Executive Position

St. Louis County Executive-elect Steve Stenger talks to St. Louis Public Radio reporters Nov. 5, 2014, during a recording of the 'Politically Speaking' podcast.
Chris McDaniel
St. Louis Public Radio

A few hours after winning the St. Louis County executive race, Steve Stenger stopped by St. Louis Public Radio on Wednesday to talk about his new position on the "Politically Speaking" podcast. Part of that interview was heard Thursday on "St. Louis on the Air."

During the interview, Stenger said it would be up County Executive Charlie Dooley to address any unrest following an upcoming announcement from the grand jury in the shooting death of Michael Brown by Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson. That announcement is expected sometime this month. Stenger, who will take office on Jan. 1, said he will support actions that Dooley takes.

Stenger reaffirmed plans to create the Office of County Empowerment, a new agency that will focus on directing state resources to low-income areas.

He also said he is reaching out to Democrats who opposed him in the election, and predicted that divisions would quickly heal.

"We saw political motivations of all sorts, and we need to set them aside," Stenger said. "We need to move forward in St. Louis County. We need to move forward, and we need to move forward together."

Listen to the complete interview with Stenger.

On Wednesday, St. Louis Public Radio and Illinois Public Radio reporters appeared on "St. Louis on the Air" to assess the election.

“St. Louis on the Air” discusses issues and concerns facing the St. Louis area. The show is produced by Mary Edwards and Alex Heuer and hosted by veteran journalist Don Marsh. Follow us on Twitter: @STLonAir.

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