Hello all - we'll get this chat started around 11:45 a.m. CT. In the meantime, feel free to submit your questions.
St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley is in the building:
Hello everyone - I'm Kelsey Proud, engagement editor for St. Louis Public Radio. I'll be one of the hosts of today's chat. My colleague, reporter Jason Rosenbaum, will be your other host.
We'll get the chat rolling when the show starts at noon. In the meantime, what questions do you have about the County Executive race? Submit your thoughts in the comment box and we'll try to get to them during the hour.
There are probably an endless amount of question to ask the Democratic candidates for St. Louis County executive. But what are some issues you want Stenger and Dooley to address in the last couple of weeks of the campaign?
It's noontime. And that means a full hour of Charlie Dooley and Steve Stenger on St. Louis on the Air.
Just a reminder: We will have Republican county executive hopefuls Rick Stream and Tony Pousosa later this month.
We did pull names from an actual hat to determine who would go first.
Dooley says Stenger will "say and do anything" and "stand for anything." Says that Stenger hasn't "opened his mouth until two months." Marsh notes that Stenger loudly opposed Dooley's 2012 budget proposal that would have closed half of the county parks.
Dooley noted that Proposition P gave St. Louis County more money for parks. And Dooley says he "championed" that proposal, while Stenger didn't.
Here's Parth Shah's excellent photo of Charlie Dooley:
Marsh asks about the tone of the campaign. He wonders what Hobby Lobby and prostitution kingpins have to do with St. Louis County's actual problems.
Dooley says STL City and STL County need to continue collaboration with each other.
Dooley says he guided STL County through the "worst times." He says the county reigns supreme in the number of start-ups and businesses.
Marsh notes that today was one of the dates that STL Public Radio offered for a head-to-head debate. Scheduling issues, they said. And yet, here they are doing separate interviews.
DOOLEY: "Merger means many things to many different people." He repeats that he wouldn't have any problem with STL City entering as a municipality. But would he aggressively advocate for it?
Don asks my number one question: How would STL City residents be better off if we were part of St. Louis County?
STL City residents: How would your life change if the city became a municipality in the county?
Dooley says he does not support additional county funding for a Rams football stadium.