Another campaign mailer is hitting mailboxes in St. Pete’s District 7 touting Lisa Wheeler-Brown for City Council. This mailer highlights, again, Wheeler-Brown’s commitment to safe neighborhoods.
“This is our city. Let’s make it a safer place for our kids and grandkids to grow up,” the front of the mailer reads with a photo of Wheeler-Brown in front of a playground.
Wheeler-Brown is running to replace term-limited City Council member Wengay Newton in a five-way race. The district includes two of St. Pete’s poorest neighborhoods – Midtown and Childs Park. Both are also among the most crime-ridden neighborhoods in the city.
“Lisa grew up in St. Pete and has called it her home her whole life,” the back of the mailer reads. “After her son, Cabretti, was murdered on our streets, she has been determined to make our city a safer place.”
A previous mailer played on the tragic loss of her son who was murdered in 2008. Police were having a hard time identifying leads in the murder investigation. Wheeler-Brown took matters into her own hands and worked tirelessly to break down the no-snitch code of silence in the area and Wheeler-Brown’s murderer was eventually brought to justice.
Both the previous mailer and the most recent to be sent to District 7 voters highlights three areas Wheeler-Brown plans to make neighborhoods safer.
That includes “improving communication between the police and residents. Police officers should live in our neighborhoods, reflect our community and be personally invested in safer neighborhoods.”
She also wants to invest in better technology for police officers and boost after-school programs, summer camps and community learning plans.
Both Wheeler-Brown campaign mailers have focused solely on her own accomplishments and plans and have made no mention of the other candidates vying for the seat.
A previous mailer sent out by the Will Newton campaign called Wheeler-Brown out for giving a thumbs up to a question asking whether candidates supported the Tampa Bay Rays leaving St. Petersburg.
Wheeler-Brown and Newton are considered the frontrunners in this election. They face Sheila Scott-Griffin, Aaron Sharpe and Lewis Stephens. The top two vote-getters in the August 25 primary will move on to the November general election open citywide. The primary is closed to only District 7 voters.