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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


There will be light hors d’ouevres provided. Supporters can order dinner and enjoy drinks at a cash bar.

Sheila Scott-Griffin

Beef O’Brady’s

4775 34th Street South

There’s no start time indicated, however the restaurant is open to the public and polls close at 7.

Aaron Sharpe


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.

Janelle Irwin has been a professional journalist covering local news and politics in the Tampa Bay area since 2003. She also hosts a weekly political talk show on WMNF Community radio. Janelle formerly served as the sole staff reporter for WMNF News and previously covered news for and various local neighborhood newsletters. Her work has been featured in the New York Daily News, Free Speech Radio News and Florida Public Radio and she's been interviewed by radio stations across the nation for her coverage of the 2012 Republican National Convention. Janelle is a diehard news junkie who isn't afraid to take on big names in local politics including Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, the dirty business of trash and recycling in St. Pete and the ongoing Pier debacle. Her work as a reporter and radio host has earned her two WMNF awards including News Volunteer of the Year and Public Affairs Volunteer of the Year. Janelle is also the devoted mother to three brilliant and beautiful daughters who are a constant source of inspiration and occasional blogging fodder. To contact, email

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