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Lisa Wheeler-Brown mailer highlights commitment to safe neighborhoods

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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.

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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