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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 G. Woodson African-American History Museum beginning at 6 p.m. Wheeler-Brown will be hanging with supporters along with her friends and family as election results roll in.

The polls close at 7 p.m. for what has emerged in one of the dirtiest City Council races ever. Both campaigns have exchanged unpleasant accusations and much of the media coverage of the race has centered on those quarrels and not many key issues.

Both campaigns and their supporters are likely looking forward to celebrating the end of an ugly feud and a fierce battle.

Also celebrating a likely win Tuesday night is District 1 City Council chair Charlie Gerdes. He’ll be partying with supporters at Jungle Prada Tavern at 1700 Park Street North from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Gerdes faces Monica Abbott in his re-election bid. He’s enjoying a more than 20-point lead in the polls in that race.

Abbott did not respond with information about her whereabouts on election night.

District 5 front-runner and incumbent Steve Kornell will be watching the results come in privately. The campaign has not scheduled an election night celebration.

Kornell’s opponent, Philip Garrett, responded to an inquiry about his plans for the night with a thumbs-up in a Facebook message. If anyone knows where that is, let us know.

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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