Pinellas County Commissioner Ken Welch has endorsed Lisa Wheeler-Brown for St. Peteresburg City Council.
“Lisa has the passion and character to serve. We have many issues that Pinellas County and the city of St. Pete will need to work together on, including the many aspects of the Redevelopment Plan being developed for the South St. Petersburg Community Redevelopment Area (CRA),” Welch said.
Wheeler-Brown is running to succeed District 7 incumbent Wengay Newton. Newton is not seeking re-election because of term limits and is instead running to replace Darryl Rouson in the state House.
Wheeler-Brown is the immediate past president of the Council of Neighborhood Associations for South Pinellas and has received multiple awards for her work on social justice issues in the community.
Most notably Wheeler-Brown is known for her advocacy in the wake of her son’s murder. In 2008, Cabretti Wheeler was murdered at age 21. Wheeler-Brown got involved with the police investigation after it stalled. With her help, her son’s killer was found and convicted.
She is active in lifting the “no snitching rule” that led to members of the community fearing coming forward with information in criminal cases that could help police.
Wheeler-Brown is also pushing working-class measures supported by the current administration.
“Fighting for living wage jobs and more sustainable jobs for all of St. Pete is my passion. The CRA is a focus of mine and I will work collaboratively with our city service centers, county leaders and businesses throughout St. Pete,” Wheeler-Brown said.
Prior to Welch’s endorsement, Wheeler-Brown was also endorsed by the SEIU labor union. Welch is a St. Pete resident, but doesn’t live in the district Wheeler-Brown is seeking. He lives just south in Lakewood Estates and is represented by District 5 incumbent Steve Kornell, also up for re-election.