Gabe Backhoff, 3, left, and Lincoln Stenger, 2, play with St. Louis County Parks Director Gary Bess’ dog, Stan, during the Aug. 3 JB Blast at Jefferson Barracks County Park, with Grantwood Village resident Bess and his wife, Vivienne, pictured in the background. Stan is a rescue dog who Bess and his wife refer to as ‘Stan the dog.’ Gabe is Bess’ grandson, and Lincoln is the son of County Executive Steve Stenger, who is up for re-election today. Photo by Jessica Belle Kramer.
Stenger honors a U.S. Army veteran, introduces incumbents up for re-election
Photos by Jessica Belle Kramer
For the Call
Among those in attendance at the JB Blast last Friday were 5th District Councilman Pat Dolan and St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch, who are both up for re-election today in the Democratic primary. Dolan faces challenger Lisa Clancy, and McCulloch faces challenger Wesley Bell.
County Executive Steve Stenger introduced both of the elected officials to the crowd, as well as U.S. Army veteran Cpl. Alvin Stern, 95.
“Cpl. Stern shipped out when he was 19 years old from right here in Jefferson Barracks,” Stenger said. “Cpl. Stern earned several medals, including the Bronze Star for meritorious service in combat from June 3, 1944, to May 2, 1945, in the Italian campaign.”
Stern led the JB Blast crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance after being recognized.