FERUGSON, Mo. (KMOV.com) – The unrest in Ferguson, Missouri has had a big impact on the race for the next leader of St. Louis County.
Republican Rick Stream and Democrat Steve Stenger are both vying for the title of County Executive against a write-in candidate.
Stenger won the Democratic primary just four days before Michael Brown was shot and killed by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson.
Both candidates have promised to address the concerns raised by the unrest in Ferguson. But, Stream is also campaigning on the promise of a fresh start, with a commitment to job creation. To that, Stenger says, as a certified public accountant, his priority will be tackling wasteful spending.
“First thing I’m going to do in office is run a top to bottom audit which will give us a real snapshot of where we are, I think it will uncover some taxpayer waste,” Stenger said.
“Economic development has to be the first and foremost thing of my administration and were going to do a lot of initiatives to cut through the red tape for businesses,” said Stream.
Public support for each candidate has been a hot topic. Dozens of elected black leaders from the area are endorsing Stream because of Stenger’s support for County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch. Congressman Lacy Clay sides with Stenger saying there’s “no other choice for progressive democrats.”
Polls will open at 6:00 a.m. and close at 7:00 p.m.