Coalition of African-American officials in St. Louis County backs Mantovani


Several dozen Democratic African-American officials in St. Louis County are endorsing businessman Mark Mantovani for county executive — and opposing incumbent Democrat Steve Stenger.

“We need a person who’s going to work for all the people in St. Louis,’’ said Cool Valley Mayor Viola Murphy at an event Saturday at Mantovani’s new regional campaign office in north St. Louis County.

The group, known as the Fanny Lou Hamer Coalition, is pledging to help Mantovani in the August Democratic primary for the county’s top post. There is no well-known Republican seeking the job.

St. Louis County Councilwoman Hazel Erby of University City is among the leaders of the coalition, named after a legendary civil rights activist. She says close to 50 county African-American officials have…

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