For more background on the GOP candidates, here is my overview that ran earlier this summer:
Green Park Alderman Tony Pousosa will be the first man up on the show today. Thanks to Parth Shah for the awesome pictures.
Hello everyone - I'm Kelsey Proud, engagement editor for St. Louis Public Radio. I'll be one of your hosts for the chat today. Your other host will be Jason Rosenbaum, one of our reporters well-versed in the St. Louis County executive contest.
We'll kick things off in a few minutes, but in the meantime feel free to submit your questions using the commenting box.
We'll get started shortly. Thanks to everyone for joining us!
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Pousosa has said both in his county council race and county executive campaign that the county is inaccessible to everyday people. He says county council meetings shut out people from speaking out.
Pousosa criticizes both Charlie Dooley & Rick Stream for taking money from Rex Sinquefield. He's spending time now criticizing Stream's vote on the transportation tax.
Pousosa concedes he hasn't raised enough money to run commercials, but notes that he's been going door-to-door for months.
What have you heard so far that you agree or disagree with?
Pousosa arguably been the most outspoken opponent to the idea of any sort of city-county merger. Even his signs say "stop the merger."
As I've always noted though, the county executive has relatively little control over whether a city-county merger actually happens. The final verdict will go to the voters. They can use their bully pulpits either for or against a merger, though.
We're 17 minutes in and we haven't talked about abortion rights or Hobby Lobby once. That should showcase the difference in tone between the Republican and Democratic contests right there!
Pousosa says county executive could play an indirect role in building up north St. Louis County communities to make school districts more attractive to potential residents.
North St. Louis County has lots and lots of police departments, and getting the county police to patrol a particular muni costs money. So there may not be an easy answer on that particular issue.
Pousosa says he is against Amendment 7. He's pretty much the only candidate in the county executive's contest [save for Ronald Levy] who opposes the transportation tax.
Pousosa is "100 percent for the Second Amendment" and "100 percent for conceal and carry." Both Stenger and Dooley say they're against the "right to bear arms amendment" that'll be on the ballot next Tuesday.
Pousosa says he doesn't have a preference on whether Dooley or Stenger wins the primary.
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