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."
St. Louis is bracing for the first winter storm of the season. Snow shovels and rock salt are hot items at local hardware stores. Shoppers are also hitting the milk, egg and bread aisles at local grocery stores.
Ameren has opend it's Missouri's Emergency Operations Center to prepare for severe weather that is expected to affect the bi-state area. Ameren employees who respond to outages have been asked to come to work on Thursday with their bags packed. As the weather develops, Ameren officials say crews will be deployed to the hardest hit areas.
Friends and family are preparing to say goodbye to a Belleville man killed in a mortar attack in Afghanistan.
Sixty-four year old Albert Haas was a civilian aircraft mechanic working at Bagram Air Force Base. He and a female coworker were killed last Friday (Nov. 29) when a rocket struck a barracks building.
Haas was a graduate of Althoff Catholic High School, and served 30 years in the military. He leaves behind a wife and three adult children.
Visitation will be 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home in Belleville. There will be a funeral service at the funeral home Friday at 9 a.m. Then Haas will be buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.