Update From The Campaign. October 6, 2017

FROM MARK

Talking to voters every day, as I do, I can feel the campaign’s momentum growing. Whether I’m walking in a parade, running with others in a race to support a worthy cause, speaking to small business owners or conversing one-on-one with county residents, the collective voices I hear are eagerly calling for new county leadership. I am often asked to share my life story to provide a better understanding of who I am and how I can make a difference as county executive.

For me, the most important part of my life journey is the beginning. I attribute the ability I’ve had to achieve success as a business and civic leader to the strengths and values I learned from my parents and grandparents. My parents worked hard to provide for my siblings and me, as they encouraged us to reach for the stars. My dad was a paint salesman; my mom ran the household. They taught us to believe in ourselves, to create solutions to challenges, to work together, to be persistent and above all to be honest. They provided us with hope and opportunity.

My full biography (with photos) will soon be published here on our website.  More importantly, however, this campaign is about you. I’m hoping to serve as county executive to make the region better for you, for your kids, and for your grandkids.

Through transparent, inclusive, and innovative leadership, I can guide the region to reach its full potential by reforming the culture of corruption in county government and working to grow the economy, improve our schools, enhance our safety and restore our region as a place of hope and opportunity for all.

One of the keys to reshaping the St. Louis story is a fully engaged community. And so as we continue to get to know each other, I am interested in hearing your stories and ideas for starting a new chapter together.

HEARD ON THE STREETS

Stenger is Nervous: Attacks Mark For Past Political Activity

Mark’s Response: My opponent is calling me out for past political contributions. While I’ve given to both Democrats and Republicans over the years, that’s not what this election is about. This race is about the future of St. Louis County. It’s between a new voice for the people whose only goal is to make St. Louis County the best urban county in America, versus a typical politician who thinks politics is nothing more than a way to give taxpayer dollars to his friends while he gets rich. It’s about a candidate who believes that public service is all about service, versus a candidate who believes public service is a passcode to the public’s ATM machine so he can take its money and use it for personal and political gain. Frankly, this race is about politics as usual, versus taking our government back for the people of St. Louis County.

The truth is, I am proud to be a Democrat because I am fighting in this race to make the lives of the people of St. Louis County better – just as great Democrats like Presidents Roosevelt, Truman and Kennedy and yes, Claire McCaskill, have done in the past and are doing today. I take a backseat to no one on this issue and I certainly don’t take a backseat to a candidate who believes that service is about his own personal and political gain versus the will and needs of the people.

CAMPAIGN UPDATES

Meet Mark Mantovani at Fenton Days Parade on Saturday October 7 at 10:00 am. The Parade kicks off the Fenton Days festivities. Click HERE for more information.

1st ANNUAL MANTOVANI MASTERS GOLF TOURNEY

Join us for a round of golf in support of the Mantovani for STL campaign on Friday, October 20 at Sunset Lakes Golf Club and Banquet Center, 13366 W. Watson Road.  Registration starts at 11 a.m. with a noon shotgun start.  Details on registration and sponsorship opportunities are available.  Click Here to Learn More.

INTERN INTRODUCTION

Evita Caldwell has joined the Mantovani for STL team as a communications intern. Evita is a graduate of Saint Louis University and is currently a freelance writer, researcher and publicist. She has worked with the Nine Network of St. Louis, St. Louis Public Radio, KMOX radio, and other St. Louis media outlets. Her project “All Grown Up” examined the outcome of a multimillion-dollar civic effort to improve student academic outcomes at ten St. Louis Public Schools. The story appeared in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and the St. Louis American. Before carving a career path in journalism, Evita worked in the healthcare field as a pharmacy technician with Walgreens Pharmacy.

Recently Evita was selected as one of 34 young professionals to participate in the Fall 2017 class of Emerging Leaders with FOCUS St. Louis. FOCUS prepares a diverse base of leaders to work cooperatively for a thriving St. Louis region through experience-based leadership training, civic issue education and public engagement initiatives. In her spare time, she enjoys speaking to and motivating students at underserved schools and having conversations about American urban issues. She also enjoys writing, traveling and spending time with family and friends.

Welcome Evita!