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Bill Dudley endorsement means Will Newton has support from half of current St. Pete City Council

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St. Pete City Council member Bill Dudley has endorsed Will Newton for the District 7 seat up for grabs. “I have known Will Newton for over 20 years as a teacher and a friend. He is a person of integrity, who possesses a strong work ethic, and tremendous leadership skill,” Dudley said. “He has the ability to understand complex issues and to thoughtfully find solutions without compromising his integrity.  He is ready to provide the kind of leadership that this city…

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Monday morning quarterbacking St. Pete District 7 race

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Now that Lisa Wheeler-Brown and Will Newton have narrowed the field ahead of the November 3 General Election, the two will have to start fine-tuning campaign strategies. Often times the best place to start is by analyzing the Primary Election numbers. Wheeler-Brown came out on top with more than 37 percent of the vote. Newton came in second with just shy of 35.5 percent. The gap separating the two was just 79 votes. That means it will likely be a…

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Lisa Wheeler-Brown, Will Newton advance to City Council general election

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St. Petersburg City Council candidates Lisa Wheeler-Brown and Will Newton have survived the primary election and will move on to face each other in the Nov. 3 citywide general election. “But it’s not over. It starts again tomorrow,” Wheeler-Brown said from an election night party. “We have 69 days until Nov. 3. And 34 days until the first vote-by-mail ballots go out.” Wheeler-Brown came in with 37.43 percent of the vote according to preliminary data from the Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections…

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It’s not the party, it’s the after party: a rundown of where City Council candidates will be tonight

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Want to party with the candidates? Five are going into Tuesday’s St. Pete City Council District 7 Primary. Only two will come out. Win or lose, here’s where candidates will be hanging out on election night awaiting their fate. Lisa Wheeler-Brown Parker Financial Services 833 22nd Street South 6:30-whenever the party stops Wheeler-Brown will join supporters after polls close. Will Newton Sylvia’s Soul Food Restaurant Bar 642 22nd St. South 7:00 There will be light hors d’ouevres provided. Supporters can…

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Will Newton supporters not worried about plentiful Sheila Scott-Griffin yard signs

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There are five candidates running for St. Pete City Council District 7. A drive around one of the most dominant voting centers in that district, Midtown, reveals an overwhelming majority of yard signs for three of the candidates. Those are Will Newton, Lisa Wheeler-Brown and Sheila Scott-Griffin. When Newton first announced he was entering the race – about six months after Wheeler-Brown did – he was widely expected to be her main competition. But a poll conducted in late July…

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If Lewis Stephens’ City Council hopes die, he’ll keep other options open

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With sweat dripping down his temples and rolling down to his red and white polkadot bowtie, St. Pete City Council candidate Lewis Stephens was the picture of hope and optimism Tuesday morning waiting to greet voters at the Thomas “Jet” Jackson Recreation Center, formerly Wildwood. Nevermind the heat, Stephens donned a dapper cream colored suit with the bowtie serving as the cherry on top making him look friendly and approachable. Neighborhood residents showed up periodically, basketballs in hand, and each…

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Election morning turnout very low

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Three hours into Election Day voter turnout was at a trickle. According to a volunteer with the Will Newton campaign, only a handful of voters had shown up to cast a ballot at the Thomas “Jet” Jackson Recreation Center – or what used to be Wildwood. And according to the Pinellas County Supervisor of elections office, voter turnout at the polls so far was just 0.51 percent as of 10 a.m. Candidates are focused on sticking to the phones to…

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