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.