Dooley concedes to Stenger in County Executive race

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by Associated press & KMOV.com staff

KMOV.com

Posted on August 5, 2014 at 9:34 PM

Updated Wednesday, Aug 6 at 7:20 AM

(KMOV / AP) -- St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley has conceded defeat to county councilman Steve Stenger in a Democratic primary, ending his 11 years in charge of the state’s largest county.

Watch: Dooley concession speech

Dooley delivered a concession speech to supporters shortly after 10 p.m. Tuesday, followed by a Stenger victory declaration 30 minutes later. Stenger advances to a November general election against the winner of a Republican primary between state Rep. Rick Stream of Kirkwood and Green Park Alderman Tony Pousosa.

The Democratic race was a bitter one, with both sides running negative TV ads. Stenger had accused Dooley of mismanagement and corruption, while Dooley accused Stenger of not paying taxes and representing a sex trafficking king pin in court.

Watch: Stenger accepts Dem. nomination for St. Louis Co. Executive

Dooley was appointed county executive following the death of Buzz Westfall in 2003. He won a special election in 2004, then was re-elected in 2006 and 2010.

Stenger will compete against State Representative Rick Stream, the Republican nominee, for St. Louis County Executive in the November election.  

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