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It’s Election Day! Who is on the ballot and where you can vote

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Wake up! It’s Election Day in St. Pete’s District 7. Voters in 15 precincts will head to the polls throughout the day until 7 this evening to determine which two of five candidates will advance to the citywide Primary Election on November 3. Candidates are Winthrop “Will” Newton, Lisa Wheeler-Brown, Sheila Scott-Griffin, Aaron Sharpe and Lewis Stephens. Newton is the brother of incumbent Wengay Newton. Though the two share some uncanny physical characteristics, they are indeed quite different. Will Newton,…

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With election tomorrow, Will Newton continues fundraising surge from outside contributions

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St. Pete City Council candidate Will Newton continues to bridge the funding gap between himself and Lisa Wheeler-Brown in their match up for District 7. Wheeler-Brown has raised about $6,400 more than Newton. But, with only about $8,000 left of her overall $33,000 haul, Wheeler-Brown actually has less cash on hand than Newton. Newton has raised a total of $26,615 so far. He’s spent about $17,000 of that leaving him with almost $9,500 left in the bank. And Newton seems…

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Will Newton hits mailboxes with last-minute, positive mailer

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A last minute mailer hitting mailboxes in St. Pete’s District 7 Saturday touts City Council candidate Will Newton’s challenged youth living with a struggling single mother in an effort to relate to voters in the city’s most troubled district. “Mine is a story not too different from most people who come from a large family,” Newton wrote on the back on a campaign mailer. “You watch someone go to work every day. You witness a strong work ethic and a…

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Will Newton nabs endorsement from City Council Vice Chair Amy Foster

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St. Pete City Council candidate Will Newton has nabbed an endorsement from City Council member Amy Foster. “Will Newton has the work experience with city governments, the demeanor, and the proven leadership skills to be the kind of City Council member we need,” Foster said. “This race isn’t about the Rays. District 7 and our entire city face serious and complex challenges. I believe Mr. Newton understands the issues and is prepared to work collaboratively with the council to make…

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Lisa Wheeler-Brown’s campaign contributions are the most local

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The Tampa Bay Times has a nifty little interactive map showing where St. Pete City Council candidates are getting their money. Each candidate touts local ties to the community as an electability plus, but the top two frontrunners are at completely different ends of the spectrum based on campaign finance records. Lisa Wheeler-Brown, a Midtown activist who has long fought for safer streets in the mostly black District 7, has raised the most money locally. Of her more than $30,000…

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Aaron Sharpe responds to Tampa Bay Times article comparing all District 7 City Council candidates

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St. Pete City Council candidate Aaron Sharpe wants voters to know there are plenty of differences between the five candidates running to succeed Wengay Newton in District 7. Sharpe responded to an article in the Tampa Bay Times in which the candidates were all painted with the same brush. Issues facing the city’s most needy district have created similar talking points between candidates. They all want to bring jobs to the area. Each wants affordable housing, better schools and safer…

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Pat Gerard and Rene Flowers endorse Lisa Wheeler-Brown for St. Pete City Council

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St. Pete City Council candidate Lisa Wheeler-Brown has earned two key endorsements from elected officials in Pinellas County. Pinellas County Commissioner Pat Gerard and Pinellas County School Board member Rene Flowers both gave a nod to Wheeler-Brown for her candidacy in the District 7 race. “Lisa has faced significant adversity in her life, she has embraced her past, and now utilizes it to help those in similar situations. Lisa has come out the other side a strong, compassionate, and dedicated…

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