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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."
COLLINSVILLE, Ill. (AP) - A self-described conservative and anti-abortion activist says she'll mount a second Democratic challenge to Republican congressman John Shimkus.
Angela Michael tells the Belleville News-Democrat she's challenging the long-time incumbent and hopes to use her candidacy to draw attention to abortion.
She did the same thing in 2012 when Democrats didn't mount an opponent to face Shimkus, who was first elected to congress in 1996. Michael received about 31 percent of the vote in that general election, compared with Shimkus' 69 percent.
Michael and her husband have 13 children and regularly protest outside an area abortion clinic. She says he hopes to use FCC laws about election advertisements to show graphic images of fetuses, the way she did in 2012.
The 15th District includes 33 counties.
Reed says not enough progress has been made on the tough issues faced by city residents. "I'm knocking on doors because our crime rate is too high," Reed hammered, "and the job creation is too low."
Slay, who's running for a record fourth term in office, spent much of his time talking about his accomplishments as mayor. "In a tough economy, we've seen over six-billion dollars of new investment and development," Slay said. "We've seen crime drop...it's the lowest crime rate we've seen in the city since 1972."
There was also talk of how campaign funds on both sides were handled.
The Democratic Primary is expected to decide the race for Mayor of St. Louis.