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Old Northeast, downtown voters favored Lisa Wheeler-Brown

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Lisa Wheeler-Brown, winner of Tuesday night’s City Council contest, rocked Historic Old Northeast in the election. According to data from the Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections, the precincts where Wheeler-Brown earned the most votes over her opponent, Will Newton, were in that general vicinity. She also crushed the vote in downtown. The Old Northeast Precinct No. 135, which butts up against Coffee Pot Bayou, cast more than 250 more votes for Wheeler-Brown than Newton. In the downtown Precinct No. 123, which…

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Mystery ballot questions in St. Pete election cruise to approval

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All four ballot questions on the St. Pete ballot Tuesday were soundly approved by voters. None won by less than about 25 points. Referendum question number one, asking voters whether the city should approve “permanent use restrictions over a portion of city owned submerged lands in Tampa Bay” was approved with 85 percent of the vote. That referendum refers to submerged lands near North Shore Park. It would give City Council the authority to create permanent restrictions on land use in…

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St. Pete City Council incumbents Charlie Gerdes, Steve Kornell sail to re-election

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As expected, both St. Petersburg City Council incumbents facing re-election cruised to easy victories Tuesday night. With early voting counted, Council Chairman Charlie Gerdes was trouncing Monica Abbott with 64 percent of the vote. Steve Kornell is leading his opponent, Philip Garrett 56 percent to 44 percent. While Gerdes never really faced a credible threat from Abbott, Kornell did have cause for concern when the Tampa Bay Times endorsed Garrett based on one defining issue: Garrett supported Mayor Rick Kriseman’s brokered deal to let the Tampa…

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Rick Kriseman casts ballot for Lisa Wheeler-Brown, not because of Rays

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St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman cast his vote for Lisa Wheeler-Brown Tuesday afternoon at his polling place at Pilgrim Congregation on Central Avenue in West St. Pete. It was a special day for Kriseman. It was his 18-year old daughter’s first time casting a ballot as a registered voter. With his guide-dog-in-training puppy in tow and his family proudly looking on, Kriseman weighed in on his last-minute decision to endorse Wheeler-Brown over her opponent, Will Newton. “I think overall people are…

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It’s not the party, it’s the after party: here’s where to find your favorite City Council candidates on Election Night

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It’s been a long road for some St. Pete City Council candidates. Win or lose both Will Newton and Lisa Wheeler-Brown will celebrate a hard-fought campaign Tuesday night. Newton will be gathering with supporters “hopefully celebrating a big win” Tuesday night at Ferg’s. The party starts there at 7 p.m. in the upstairs room. The campaign is providing some food. A cash bar is available for those wishing to imbibe. If the polls are any indication, the victory party will be at the Carter…

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Plea to St. Pete residents: End voter apathy

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Earlier Tuesday, and a bunch of times over the past several weeks, I shamed the Tampa Bay Times editorial board for taking a narrow stance on City Council races based solely on the Tampa Bay Rays stadium stalemate. Now, though, it’s time to praise Times’ columnist John Romano who is not on the editorial board. Looking down the barrel at lackluster voter turnout in what is actually a pretty damn important local election, Romano not so subtly heckled the tens…

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Voter turnout in St. Pete on pace to be low

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As of 10 a.m. Tuesday, voter turnout in St. Pete was at 13.24 percent, most coming from mail-in ballots returned early. In the first three hours of Election Day, just 1.86 percent of registered voters had cast a ballot. The numbers are indicative of what has been a trickle at polling places. Even during the peak voting times between 7 and 9 a.m. only a handful of voters showed up at Pinellas Community Church in South St. Pete. That’s one…

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