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.
Parker Financial Services
833 22nd Street South
6:30-whenever the party stops
Wheeler-Brown will join supporters after polls close.
Sylvia’s Soul Food Restaurant Bar
642 22nd St. South
There will be light hors d’ouevres provided. Supporters can order dinner and enjoy drinks at a cash bar.
4775 34th Street South
There’s no start time indicated, however the restaurant is open to the public and polls close at 7.
6297 Central Avenue
Sharpe plans to meet with supporters after polls close.
Candidate Lewis Stephens has not indicated where he will be awaiting election results.
The five candidates are vying for the chance to succeed Wengay Newton who is leaving council due to term limits. The race is important because the winner could potentially tip the scales in favor of Mayor Rick Kriseman’s brokered deal with the Tampa Bay Rays to allow them to search for potential stadium sites outside St. Pete.
Council member Newton has been one of four holdouts on the deal creating a stalemate and stifling progress on the issue. His brother, Will, has said he would also reject the deal as it is currently written.
Wheeler-Brown, who is considered a top contender in the race, is in favor of the Mayor’s Memorandum of Understanding. Scott-Griffin has been ambiguous on the issue claiming the deal is no longer even on the table, but also implying she supported making a deal.
Sharpe and Stephens both support the MOU.