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Kathleen Peters makes third GOP endorsement for Will Newton

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State Rep. Kathleen Peters has endorsed St. Pete City Council candidate Will Newton for District 7. “As elected officials, our first priority is to keep citizens safe. Will Newton understands this, and his life’s work demonstrates his commitment to making our neighborhoods safer,” Peters said. “I strongly endorse his candidacy and look forward to his continued service to our community.” Peters had initially backed the only Republican in the race, Sheila Scott-Griffin, but that candidate was defeated in the August…

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Defeated St. Pete City Council candidate Sheila Scott-Griffin gives nod to Will Newton

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Former St. Pete City Council candidate Sheila Scott-Griffin has endorsed Will Newton for the District 7 seat she lost during last month’s Primary Election. Scott-Griffin finished third in a five-way race for the seat. Newton and Lisa Wheeler-Brown grabbed the most votes and will face each other in the November 3 general election. “My platform was on issues of education, economics and families as critical concerns for the citizens of District 7. I want to congratulate and acknowledge “Will” Newton’s…

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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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Will Newton supporters not worried about plentiful Sheila Scott-Griffin yard signs

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There are five candidates running for St. Pete City Council District 7. A drive around one of the most dominant voting centers in that district, Midtown, reveals an overwhelming majority of yard signs for three of the candidates. Those are Will Newton, Lisa Wheeler-Brown and Sheila Scott-Griffin. When Newton first announced he was entering the race – about six months after Wheeler-Brown did – he was widely expected to be her main competition. But a poll conducted in late July…

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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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