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An inside look at Lisa Wheeler-Brown’s campaign challenges

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Victorious St. Pete City Council candidate Lisa-Wheeler-Brown’s campaign wasn’t exactly ideal. Negative attacks following the Primary Election clouded her intended message and dominated conversation in the media. And, as a result, her campaign management became too much of the conversation. “We work very hard to keep the consultants out of the story,” said Tom Alte, a consultant with the campaign. “You want the candidates to be able to get their message out and to talk to the voters and tell them what…

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Lisa Wheeler-Brown topples Will Newton in contentious St. Pete City Council race

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Lisa Wheeler-Brown is heading to St. Petersburg City Council to represent residents in District 7. In what was expected to be a close race, Wheeler-Brown walked away with a whopping 58 percent of the vote compared with Will Newton’s 42 percent. That’s 5 points higher than the final poll before the election predicted. “It feels great that the voters chose me,” Wheeler-Brown said with an ear-to-ear grin. Prior to speaking with reporters, Wheeler-Brown thanked all of her supporters and endorsers…

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Rick Kriseman backs Lisa Wheeler-Brown for City Council

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St. Pete Mayor Rick Kriseman offered his last-minute endorsement in the District 7 City Council race with a not-surprising pick: Lisa Wheeler-Brown. A defining issue between the two otherwise aligned candidates has been their stances on a deal between the city and the Tampa Bay Rays that would allow the major league baseball team to look outside the city for a new stadium site. Will Newton thinks the plan hashed out by Kriseman with the team’s leadership isn’t quite good…

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St. Pete insiders weigh-in: Lisa Wheeler-Brown will come out on top

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The latest poll shows Lisa Wheeler-Brown with an 11-point lead over her District 7 opponent, Will Newton. Those numbers from Sunday night’s St. Pete Polls survey are indicative of what some of the city’s most engaged voters are thinking. Of the 14 super-voters who responded to a question about who they thought would win the Election Tuesday, only two said Newton – and both of those are voters who opposed Pier Park and have been critical of Mayor Rick Kriseman.…

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Who will win – Lisa Wheeler-Brown or Will Newton?

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St. Pete City Council candidates Lisa Wheeler-Brown and Will Newton faced off in a final debate hosted by the local NAACP Monday night in the Midtown neighborhood they hope to represent. At times the dialogue was reminiscent of a campaign that many people believe is one of the nastiest in St. Pete’s history. Following the debate, SaintPetersblog brought readers a rundown of the key moments, but with just one week left until Election Day, it’s about time the campaign gets…

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Will Newton hauls in nearly $10,000 in final campaign funding push

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St. Pete City Council candidate Will Newton crushed his opponent, Lisa Wheeler-Brown, in the last campaign finance reports due before Tuesday’s election. Newton raised nearly $10,000 in just one week compared to Wheeler-Brown’s $1,740 haul. The latest campaign finance win brings Newton’s total contributions to more than $72,000 while Wheeler-Brown has raised just $57,000. And Wheeler-Brown has less than $2,000 in the bank while Newton sits with nearly $18,000. That’s a lot of money to work with in the final…

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Direct mail round-up: Flier claims Will Newton got paid for days he didn’t work as a firefighter

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First he was portrayed as a bobble head doll who says “no” to everything. Now a negative mailer targeting St. Pete City Council candidate Will Newton pictures the candidate wearing an obnoxious Hawaiian shirt, a crown made of flowers, and a hula skirt all squeezed into a life float. The heading under the photo says, “Will Newton, Beach Days With Our Tax Dollars.” The other side explains the “beach days.” “We don’t know if Will was actually hanging out at…

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