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Will Newton nabs endorsement from former opponent Aaron Sharpe

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St. Pete City Council candidate Will Newton has earned endorsements from all but one of his former opponents. Pasadena Bear Creek Neighborhood Association President Aaron Sharpe has thrown his weight behind Newton for the District 7 race. “During the Primary race for District 7 I had an opportunity to spend a good deal of time with both Lisa and Will. Both are good people I respect who I’m honored to call friends,” Sharpe said. “Over those summer months I had…

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Lisa Wheeler-Brown, Will Newton advance to City Council general election

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St. Petersburg City Council candidates Lisa Wheeler-Brown and Will Newton have survived the primary election and will move on to face each other in the Nov. 3 citywide general election. “But it’s not over. It starts again tomorrow,” Wheeler-Brown said from an election night party. “We have 69 days until Nov. 3. And 34 days until the first vote-by-mail ballots go out.” Wheeler-Brown came in with 37.43 percent of the vote according to preliminary data from the Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections…

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It’s not the party, it’s the after party: a rundown of where City Council candidates will be tonight

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Want to party with the candidates? Five are going into Tuesday’s St. Pete City Council District 7 Primary. Only two will come out. Win or lose, here’s where candidates will be hanging out on election night awaiting their fate. Lisa Wheeler-Brown Parker Financial Services 833 22nd Street South 6:30-whenever the party stops Wheeler-Brown will join supporters after polls close. Will Newton Sylvia’s Soul Food Restaurant Bar 642 22nd St. South 7:00 There will be light hors d’ouevres provided. Supporters can…

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Election morning turnout very low

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Three hours into Election Day voter turnout was at a trickle. According to a volunteer with the Will Newton campaign, only a handful of voters had shown up to cast a ballot at the Thomas “Jet” Jackson Recreation Center – or what used to be Wildwood. And according to the Pinellas County Supervisor of elections office, voter turnout at the polls so far was just 0.51 percent as of 10 a.m. Candidates are focused on sticking to the phones to…

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It’s Election Day! Who is on the ballot and where you can vote

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Wake up! It’s Election Day in St. Pete’s District 7. Voters in 15 precincts will head to the polls throughout the day until 7 this evening to determine which two of five candidates will advance to the citywide Primary Election on November 3. Candidates are Winthrop “Will” Newton, Lisa Wheeler-Brown, Sheila Scott-Griffin, Aaron Sharpe and Lewis Stephens. Newton is the brother of incumbent Wengay Newton. Though the two share some uncanny physical characteristics, they are indeed quite different. Will Newton,…

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With election tomorrow, Will Newton continues fundraising surge from outside contributions

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St. Pete City Council candidate Will Newton continues to bridge the funding gap between himself and Lisa Wheeler-Brown in their match up for District 7. Wheeler-Brown has raised about $6,400 more than Newton. But, with only about $8,000 left of her overall $33,000 haul, Wheeler-Brown actually has less cash on hand than Newton. Newton has raised a total of $26,615 so far. He’s spent about $17,000 of that leaving him with almost $9,500 left in the bank. And Newton seems…

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Will Newton hits mailboxes with last-minute, positive mailer

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A last minute mailer hitting mailboxes in St. Pete’s District 7 Saturday touts City Council candidate Will Newton’s challenged youth living with a struggling single mother in an effort to relate to voters in the city’s most troubled district. “Mine is a story not too different from most people who come from a large family,” Newton wrote on the back on a campaign mailer. “You watch someone go to work every day. You witness a strong work ethic and a…

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