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Direct mail round-up: Will Newton mailer plays on brother Wengay’s support

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St. Pete City Council candidate Will Newton is playing up his relationship with his brother, City Council member Wengay Newton, in a mailer that hit mailboxes in District 7 this week. The “Beyond Brotherly Love” mailer, the Newton campaign trumpets the differences between the two candidates. “I take an issue and run right at you with it. My brother is more quiet and methodical,” a quote from Wengay Newton reads on one side of the flyer. “He’s all about bargaining…

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Will Newton continues to surge with campaign cash

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St. Pete City Council candidate Will Newton continues to close the gap between fundraising numbers in his matchup against Lisa Wheeler-Brown in a five-way race for the District 7 seat. Newton has raised about $8,000 less than Wheeler-Brown to date with $21,565 in total contributions. Wheeler-Brown has brought in $29,411. But Newton’s past two reports, including the most recent, show he is surging in fundraising efforts while hers has tapered off. Newton raised $8,395 during the latest reporting period running…

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St. Pete vote-by-mail numbers are looking good

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More than 1,000 residents have already voted in the St. Pete Primary. Of the 6,223 ballots mailed to voters in District 7, 1,107 of them have been returned. Ballots went out to 26 overseas and military voters on July 10. Another 6,100 ballots were mailed on July 21 to voters who had already requested them. The Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections Office has sent out a couple here and there since the initial mailing as voters request them. With 15…

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Will Newton, Lisa Wheeler-Brown square off at St. Pete Democrat meeting

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Two St. Pete City Council candidates fielded questions from St. Pete Democrats during the group’s monthly meeting Wednesday night. Will Newton and Lisa Wheeler-Brown touched on several issues that have long been discussed on the campaign trail, including the newly created Southside Community Redevelopment Area and the fate of the Tampa Bay Rays. What emerged as new during the casual Q&A were the candidate’s individual styles of formulating messages. Wheeler-Brown maintained a positive tone throughout questioning. When asked about her…

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Tampa Bay Times endorses Lisa Wheeler-Brown

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Lisa Wheeler-Brown has now officially nabbed endorsements from both of the area’s major newspapers. The Tampa Bay Times announced Friday its editorial board was backing the District 7 candidate in the race to replace term-limited Wengay Newton. The district encompasses much of South St. Pete including Midtown, Child’s Park and several other of the city’s poorest neighborhoods. The Times staked its endorsement on a number of factors including Wheeler-Brown’s work on creating safer neighborhoods and her ability to act as…

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St. Pete City Council candidate forum kind of a bust

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Five candidates for St. Pete City Council debated various political policies during a two-hour debate hosted by the group Fight for $15 during a candidate forum Tuesday night in Child’s Park. District 7 candidates Will Newton, Lisa Wheeler-Brown, Aaron Sharp, Sheila Scott-Griffin and Lewis Stephens answered a number of questions about problems most specific to their district, which includes two of the city’s poorest neighborhoods – Midtown and Child’s Park. While the candidates each did a fantastic job of voicing…

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Mail ballots sent to more than 6,000 St. Pete voters for District 7 primary

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Mail ballots were sent out to 6,182 registered St. Pete voters Tuesday for those living in District 7 for the August 25 primary election. The district encompasses parts of South St. Pete including the Midtown and Child’s Park neighborhoods. Only voters in that district are eligible to vote in this election. Only those voters who requested mail ballots will receive them in the first wave of mail outs. Additional requests can still be sent to the Supervisor of Election’s via…

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