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Politically Speaking: St. Louis County Councilwoman Kelli Dunaway On Her First Month In Office

St. Louis County Councilwoman Kelli Dunaway was sworn into office in August.
St. Louis Public Radio
St. Louis County Councilwoman Kelli Dunaway was sworn into office in August.

St. Louis County Councilwoman Kelli Dunaway is the latest guest on the Politically Speaking podcast. The Chesterfield Democrat talked to St. Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum and Julie O’Donoghue about her childhood in rural Illinois and her first month in office. 

Dunaway’s district includes Creve Coeur, Maryland Heights, Overland and Hazelwood. She joined the County Council after a special election to replace Sam Page in August

Here’s what Dunaway talked about on the show: 

  • She discussed a life-changing car accident that left her with limited mobility in her legs and permanent physical disability.
  • Dunaway talked about her hopes for moving toward racial equity in the St. Louis region. 
  • She explained her decision to be sworn into office on a Dr. Seuss book. 
  • Dunaway spoke about the push for a county-city merger and the Board of Freeholders process.

Dunaway attended Southern Illinois University for her undergraduate degree in history and UCLA for law school. She is the director of learning and development for the Bryan Cave law firm. 

Page vacated the District 2 seat earlier this year to lead the county government after County Executive Steve Stenger resigned. Stenger was convicted on federal corruption charges and is headed to prison later this month. 

The podcast is sponsored by the St. Louis-based law firm of Capes Sokol

Follow Julie on Twitter:@jsodonoghue

Follow Jason on Twitter: @jrosenbaum

Follow Kelli on Twitter: @DunawayKelli 

Music: “Coal Miner’s Daughter” by Loretta Lynn

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Julie O'Donoghue
Since entering the world of professional journalism in 2006, Jason Rosenbaum dove head first into the world of politics, policy and even rock and roll music. A graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism, Rosenbaum spent more than four years in the Missouri State Capitol writing for the Columbia Daily Tribune, Missouri Lawyers Media and the St. Louis Beacon.