Election Results: Stenger Wins Primary, Transportation Tax Dies

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Steve Stenger.
In a night with few surprises, area voters rejected County Executive Charlie Dooley's re-election bid and kicked to the curb a controversial sales tax designed to improve roads. Voters also approved Missouri's inalienable right to guns and strengthened electronic privacy rights.

The highly-debated "Right to Farm" amendment also passed, but the margin of victory is so narrow -- with only 2,528 votes -- that a recount is likely.

Steve Stenger, who served as the chair of the St. Louis County Council, will now face in November's general election Republican Rick Stream, who handily won the primary over challenger Tony Pousosa, in the election for the county's top spot. Stenger won 66 percent of the countywide vote, defeating Dooley 2-1.

On stage with supporter and longtime St. Louis county prosecuting attorney Bob McCulloch, Stenger credited Buzz Westfall, the county executive whose death ushered in the Dooley era, as an inspiration behind his decision to run for the job.

"When Buzz was county executive, we were all proud of St. Louis County," Stenger told supporters after the election results. "In recent years, residents have become concerned about the direction the county is headed. They expect better. They deserve better. And their call for change was heard today."

St. Louis City Mayor Slay, who put his political capital on the line for Dooley's campaign, called Stenger after Dooley conceded around 10:30 p.m. to start their new working relationship:


Two years after voters approved a sales tax increase to fund improvements to the Gateway Arch, voters resoundingly denied an increase to fund road improvements by 59 percent.

If Amendment 7 had passed, it would have increased Missouri sales tax by .75 percent for ten years and stopped lawmakers from raising the gas tax for a decade. Opponents celebrated the victory over Amendment 7 at the Royale in South City and vowed to find a new, better way to fund road improvements than a sales tax increase:

Correction: This article incorrectly stated Steve Stenger was the current chair of the St. Louis County Council. The current chair is Hazel Erby.

Follow Lindsay Toler on Twitter at @StLouisLindsay. E-mail the author at Lindsay.Toler@RiverfrontTimes.com.

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22 comments
Mona Becker
Mona Becker

Once again MO showed it's true color, the hell with the people who have to live in this god-forsaken state. Retirement can't come soon enough.

Larry Mann
Larry Mann

I only voted for Stenger to get the Charlie Dooley ads off my TV. Stenger will lose in the general election.

Scott Shoemaker
Scott Shoemaker

Stegner will loose in the general to the republican !

Kenneth Lane
Kenneth Lane

Derby Babz---- it's OK we know how to get even-----

Kenneth Lane
Kenneth Lane

Enough--or was it close due to rigged ballot counts--we citizens will never know!

Kenneth Lane
Kenneth Lane

Time for a full boycott of all Missouri Ag products-----------a thank you for the Republicans.

Kenneth Lane
Kenneth Lane

The Republicans behind this crap smartly had it put on the Primary ballots knowing full well that it would never pass in the November elections. Thank your local Rightwing stooge Republican!

Kenneth Lane
Kenneth Lane

Boycott Missouri agricultural products--give the Rightwing scum their just reward for the gamed vote on Guns and faked farm rights. Puppy Mill operators and Chinese owned ag producers are celebrating along with the NRA gun fruits right now!

Kyle Brown
Kyle Brown

The thing about politics is that you can take the "rights" to pollute, ravage aquafiers and top soil, run puppy mills, and "experiment" on live stock and bundle them up, call them "the right to farm" and backwater hicks will roll out en masse to vote for "the right to farm." Bonus points for connecting it to protecting yourself from "big government." Red State politics. Yay.

Derby Babz
Derby Babz

I feel sorry for 50% who were against it.

Brie Miller
Brie Miller

Can't believe prop 1 passed. People clearly had no idea what they were voting for.

Sublunar Johnson
Sublunar Johnson

The "right to farm" is really the right to allow industrial farming. Farmers already had the right to farm. Prepare for more polluted waterways and more strain on the local environment, aquifers, etc.

Derby Babz
Derby Babz

Dear Missourians: Thank you for making the choice not to move over the bridge easier. *smh*

Kelli Mayahi
Kelli Mayahi

Bye bye to you Mr. Doolittle whoops Dooley.

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Kenfro
Kenfro

And, just maybe, they DID...

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