New poll shows Stenger ahead in campaign for reelection

The  2018 primary is less than a week away and the Democratic primary race for St. Louis County executive is heated. A poll commissioned by this publication conducted by Invictus shows incumbent Executive Stenger at 51% and Mantovani at 38% with 11% undecided, a margin error of +/-4.5.

Stenger has been St. Louis County Executive since 2015. While in office he has improved public safety issues which also helped to established fundraising for police officers to allow the county police to hire more officers. As of late, Stenger has been working with unions to defeat Proposition A, “right to work” which is on the ballot for next Tuesday’s election.

Mantovani is challenging Stenger’s re-election. Although he has never run for a political office before, Mantovani studied local and regional government at Harvard University and has sent out many donations over the years for different campaigns, including former Gov. Eric Greitens, who signed right-to-work. Some have said his bipartisan donations show collaboration, while others question the honesty of his policy positions. 

Despite the work that Stenger has done to help the county and its residents, he regularly clashes with the members of the county council, particularly on their decisions on county real estate deals and contracts.

This poll was conducted from July 25-26.

Polls are open Tuesday, August 7, 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

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