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Election night in St. Petersburg: A photo compilation

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Lisa Wheeler-Brown is joined by her mom, Shirley Wheeler and stepdad, Harry Simmons, as she celebrates her victory over opponent Will Newton at Carter G. Woodson African American Museum. Wheeler-Brown defeated Will Newton 58 percent to 42 percent in the District 7 race. "Running for politics is not for the weak-hearted," Wheeler-Brown said. "Every day is challenging, every day different and makes you nervous."

Election night in St. Petersburg saw the official end of several local races by incumbents and newcomers alike. Some campaigns were brief, others much longer and certainly more contentious. Ed Montanari – a respected city activist – ran unopposed and easily won Bill Dudley’s term-limited seat. In contrast: Lisa Wheeler-Brown, another community activist, defeated Will Newton, the brother of a well-known city councilmember, in what was considered by many to be one of the most combative campaigns the city has…

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