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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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Lisa Wheeler-Brown so far grossly outraising her City Council campaign opponents

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St. Pete City Council candidate Lisa Wheeler-Brown is so far blowing away the competition for the District 7 race in terms of fundraising. The community activist has raised more than $24,000. The next closest opponent, Sheila Scott-Griffin, has only brought in $4,423. Wheeler-Brown, a longtime advocate for safer neighborhoods in her South St. Pete district, has enjoyed numerous high-dollar contributions from prominent St. Pete figures, attorneys and groups. Among the more than $10,000 in contributions reported during the second quarter…

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Lisa Wheeler-Brown says Trop site is prime development for ‘booming’ St. Pete

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Leading the pack of five City Council candidates in District 7, Lisa Wheeler-Brown has already nabbed endorsements from two City Council members, including Karl Nurse and Darden Rice. It may be little coincidence that both of those council members are two of the four currently supporting Mayor Rick Kriseman’s deal brokered with the Tampa Bay Rays to allow the team’s management to begin looking for stadium space outside the city. Wheeler-Brown has long said she supports that Memorandum of Understanding.…

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Darryl Rouson endorses Will Newton for St. Pete City Council

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Florida Representative Darryl Rouson has announced his support for Will Newton in the St. Petersburg City Council District 7 race. “Will Newton will be a fierce voice when our community is maligned, a calming voice when our community is divided and a sensible voice in dealing with others,” Rouson said in a prepared statement. “I urge everyone to elect Will Newton. Newton is running to replace his brother, Wengay Newton, in the City Council district that covers much of South…

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Absentee ballots already mailed to overseas voters for St. Pete election

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Ballots for St. Pete City Council District 7 have already gone out to overseas voters. The Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections office sent out 26 ballots on July 10 for the August 25 Primary Election. That’s just one day ahead of the deadline to mail overseas ballots. Those ballots went out to active-duty military and their spouses and dependents who are currently serving outside the District and civilians who are currently living outside the country but who are registered to…

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St. Pete City Council candidate Aaron Sharpe launches website

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St. Pete City Council candidate Aaron Sharpe has launched a campaign website. In an email announcement Thursday morning, Sharpe asked for supporters to visit the website, where donors can give or sign up to volunteer or host an event. “With less than 60 days to the primary election we need your help just as much as ever,” Sharpe wrote. “Please consider supporting the campaign.” The website’s home page has a blue banner at the top with “Sharpe” in a white…

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Crowded field lines up to replace Wengay Newton on St. Pete City Council

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The race for St. Pete City Council District 7 is officially a crowded one. With qualifying now over, there are five candidates who qualified for the election. Candidates Lisa Wheeler-Brown, Aaron Sharpe, Will Newton, Sheila Scott Griffin and Elvert Lewis Stephens are all facing off to replace current council member Wengay Newton, who is leaving office due to term limits. Brown, the first candidate to announce her bid for the seat, is a longtime community activist with strong backing among…

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