While the first initial waves of advertisements regarding the St. Louis County Executive race started slow, things are beginning to heat up as more attack ads make their appearances on airwaves this week.
Current St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger and candidate Mark Mantovani have released advertisements attacking each other’s credentials and voting records.
In one of the newly released ads, Stenger pushes on Mantovani’s record of donating to Republican Governor Eric Greitens, and questioning if the candidate is truly a Democrat.
The advertisement states that Mantovani gave Greitens over $20,000 for his gubernatorial campaign while praising the now-embattled governor’s conservative values.
In addition to that attack, Stenger’s ad also points out Mantovani’s donations to political opponents of Barack Obama and his refusal to state whether he voted for current president Donald Trump.
In Mantovani’s advertisements, the challenger criticizes the current administration stating that political donors are getting a favorable deal by Stenger’s office, stating the residents of the county are paying for it.
The new attack ad also calls Stenger’s Northwest Plaza deal a sham, referencing a St. Louis Post-Dispatch article and stating that it cost taxpayers millions and benefitted business insiders.
“Instead of a government ran on insider deals, we’ll create good jobs built on equality, innovation and opportunity for everyone,” Mantovani states in the advertisement.
In a rebuttal, Stenger criticizes Mantovani’s attack on the county executive’s decision to bring back Northwest Plaza and accuses the challenger for supporting pay-to-play tactics.
“It was empty, now Northwest Plaza supports over 20 employers with 2500 employees, $280 million added to our economy,” Stenger states in the advertisement. “It was the right thing to do.”
Besides Stenger and Mantovani, Bill Ray is also running as a Democrat for the county executive position, filing in right before the deadline Tuesday.
On the Republican side, Paul Berry III, and Daniel Sampson are running. Also seeking the position is Libertarian Nick Kasoff, and Constitution Party candidate Andrew Ostrowski.
The Democratic Primary for St. Louis County Executive will be held on August 7, 2018.