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Frank Peterman is backing Wengay Newton in HD 70 race

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Wengay Newton has received another endorsement in his quest to win the House District 70 Democratic primary later this month. It’s former St. Pete City Councilman, state legislator Juvenile Justice Secretary Frank Peterman Jr. who is backing his campaign.

Newton has received the lion’s share of endorsements in the four-county district (Pinellas, Hillsborough, Manatee and Sarasota), which also includes Dan Florini and CJ Czaia. The winner of the overwhelmingly Democratic district will face Republican Cory Fournier in November.

“I endorse Wengay Newton for the Florida house of State Representatives,” Peterman says. “He will fight for our issues in district 70.”

Peterman currently serves as pastor of the Rock of Jesus Missionary Baptist Church,  where he’s been at since 2003. He represented the district (then known as District 55) from 2000-2008.

“I feel like my eight years of governance hasn’t been in vain,” Newton said Wednesday on the support he’s received in the race.

As of August 5, the last filing period, Newton had slightly more than $19,000 in cash on hand. That was considerably more than both Florini and Czaia. Florini had not much more than $1,000 cash on hand, while Czaia has spent more than he had taken in as of two weeks ago.


Mitch Perry has been a reporter with Extensive Enterprises since November of 2014. Previously, he served as five years as the political editor of the alternative newsweekly Creative Loafing. He also was the assistant news director with WMNF 88.5 FM in Tampa from 2000-2009, and currently hosts MidPoint, a weekly talk show, on WMNF on Thursday afternoons. He began his reporting career at KPFA radio in Berkeley. He's a San Francisco native who has now lived in Tampa for 15 years and can be reached at

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