By. Chris Stritzel
What may be the most ugly and costly St. Louis County Executive primary race is finally coming to an end. On Tuesday August 7th, the madness ends as no Republican Candidate seems to be a bit threat this year meaning whoever wins the Primary will go on to win the general in November. I live in Mehlville and am a big Republican, but that doesn't mean I don't have to vote Democrat. Mark Mantovani has made me want to vote for a Democrat, and I will. Mark's plan gives me hope for the future of the County and the region as a whole. It has the region's largest population and can directly effect which was we go in the future. Now, I am all for the City, but as I live in the County, I can't vote in the City, so I rely on other team members on this website's support for the City elections. But back to Mark Mantovani.
Steve Stenger just doesn't seem to get it. He was elected to change the county and clean up corruption, but clearly this was a mistake as more corruption is in the county now than ever before. The Missouri Ethics Committee, County Council and others have called for an investigation into his deals, especially the one revolving round St. Ann's Northwest Plaza. He just isn't helping us out any. Steve Stenger is also dividing the county in more ways than one. Here are two primary examples...
1. The attacks on the President's supporters in some recent ads. That alienates nearly half of the electorate in the County who supported the President.
2. The half assed effort to calm and repair the wounds made through the Ferguson situation.
3. Siding with his one ally on the County Council and not really working with the other members (dysfunctional).
Stenger is a mess whose first (and hopefully only term) has been plagued by scandal, dysfunction, non-transparency, corruption and just plain incompetence. That is why I am ready to get him out of office. Mark Mantovani's 6 Point Ethics plan insures that there will be no corruption or backdoor deals. This is the 6 Point plan...
1. Procurement with integrity
2. No contribution accepted form county contractors
3. Council cooperation and employee engagement
4. No contributions accepted before 2022
5. Audit cooperation
6. Full transparency
The 6 Point plan gives me confidence that Mark can lead fully without money pulling him the way that he didn't promise. Stenger would just take money and run with it whole screwing the people of the county who want change. Mark Mantovani seems more calm in his ads and interviews than Steve Stenger. Stenger's petty ads seem desperate as I believe Stenger never believed he would be primaried and if he believed so, never believed it would be this kind of a challenge. Mantovani lead a company, Ansira, and oversaw all aspects of the company as their CEO. This gives me more confidence in Mantovani than Stenger as Mark knows how to keep a business above the water and make it stable. He also has first hand experience of how the local governments deal with businesses.
Stenger hasn't owned a business so he doesn't know what to do. Stenger's smug look while sitting their next to the other Council members just shows his disdain for anyone else but himself. Mark Mantovani cares more about others based on what I have seen. I don't want Steger leading the County anymore. I don't want his dark deals running the county anymore. I don't want his dysfunctional government running the County anymore and I don't want his incompetence in the office of County Executive anymore. It is time for change in St. Louis County, and I ask for you to consider voting for Mark Mantovani on Tuesday, August 7th.
I know it is odd taking advice from someone who just got the privilege to vote and is a Republican but I've learned that their are more opinions and candidates out there that I align with while sharing my values. My views cannot be aligned with being Conservative or Socially Liberal but are instead unique to me only. That is how I got to Mantovani and prefer him over Stenger, who goes against practically everything I believe in.
I am voting Mantovani on August 7th.