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For Ben Diamond, Wengay Newton, a time of learning and outreach

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Tuesday is an important day for freshman members of the Florida Legislature. They’ll be sworn in and have to start making good on those campaign promises. However, there’s a lot to do before they start filing bills. “It’s going to be a learning session for me,” said Wengay Newton, who represents House District 70, which covers portions of Pinellas, Hillsborough, Sarasota, and Manatee counties. Ben Diamond, who won the race for House District 68, which covers a portion of Pinellas…

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Wengay Newton, Jennifer Webb woo voters in Gulfport

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Wengay Newton and Jennifer Webb took the stage in Gulfport on Thursday night in a homestretch effort to charm voters before the Nov. 8 General Election. Newton is running for the State House District 70 seat against Republican Cori Fournier. There is no incumbent in the seat. Webb is challenging Republican incumbent Kathleen Peters for the HD 69 seat. Neither Fournier nor Peters showed up at the forum, leaving the field free for the two Democrats. The Gulfport Area Chamber of…

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Wengay Newton eyes general election with HD 70 campaign kickoff Tuesday

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With a decisive primary win behind him, Democrat Wengay Newton is now looking toward the general election for House District 70 starting with a celebration in downtown St. Petersburg. Newton’s campaign kickoff event will be from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at The LURE, 661 Central Avenue in St. Petersburg. Contributions are encouraged, and there will be a cash bar and hors d’oeuvres available. “We have a Republican opponent,” says the invite, “and need your help to keep this…

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Wengay Newton one step closer to Tallahassee, wins HD 70 primary

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Former St. Petersburg City Councilman Wengay Newton is now one step closer to serving in Tallahassee, after besting attorney CJ Czaia and businessman Dan Fiorini in Florida’s House District 70 race, which encompasses portions of Pinellas, Hillsborough, Sarasota and Manatee counties. Newton received 61 percent. Florin was second with 21 percent, and Czaia finished with 17 percent. Fiorini was the legislative aide to former Democratic state Rep. Helen Spivey, a founding member of Pinellas County LGBT rights groups St. Pete Pride…

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Here’s where sh*t stands in Tampa Bay state legislative races

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Republican Sens. Tom Lee and Bill Galvano have already won re-election, and fellow GOP incumbent Sens. Jack Latvala and Jeff Brandes only face opposition from write-in candidates in their seats. Of the six Senate seats covering Hillsborough and Pinellas County, only districts 18 and 19 will be home to a new senator in the fall. Tampa Republican Rep. Dana Young is the front-runner in the SD 18 race in both polling and fundraising, though favorable district lines and robust fundraising…

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Wengay Newton touches on Tallahassee plans in HD 70 campaign

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Wengay Newton didn’t shy away from discussing his Tallahassee plans during an April 12 reception for his House District 70 campaign. “I want to try and promote good legislation,” the former St. Petersburg City Councilman said in his opening remarks. “And any bad legislation, I want to try and get that amended.” From there he went into specifics, first touching on what he sees as an outdated dollar amount assigned to Florida’s felony grand theft law. As state law now stands,…

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Perennial GOP candidate Sharon Russ files in HD 70 race

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Republican activist and perpetual candidate Sharon Russ filed to run for the heavily Democratic House District 70 seat held by termed-out state Rep. Daryl Rouson. Russ is no stranger to politics, at least in the Pinellas County portion of the district: she ran for St. Petersburg mayor in 2009 and challenged Karl Nurse for City Council in 2013, but her campaigns nosedived. Russ never made the ballot in the mayoral race, and lost to Nurse 69-18 in the three-way Republican…

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