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Two St. Pete City Council members endorse Lisa Wheeler-Brown for District 7

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St. Pete City Council candidate Lisa Wheeler-Brown has nabbed two key endorsements from incumbents Karl Nurse and Darden Rice.

“Lisa has an impressive record of service to her country and her community,” Rice said. “She knows that District 7 needs a strong voice on City Council, and I believe she is the best person for the job.”

Brown is running for District 7, which covers parts of South St. Pete including two of the city’s poorest neighborhoods, Midtown and Child’s Park.

“I’ve known Lisa for a long time, and she always speaks up for what’s right,” Nurse said. “Lisa will continue to fight for families on the issues that matter most to them, including public safety.”

Wheeler-Brown is considered the front-runner in the District 7 race against Will Newton, Aaron Sharpe, Shelia Scott-Griffin and Elvert Lewis Stephens. She is the immediate past president of the Council of Neighborhood Associations and a military veteran. Wheeler-Brown also served on Mayor Rick Kriseman’s transition team.

“I’m honored to have the support of Councilmembers Darden Rice and Karl Nurse,” Wheeler-Brown stated. “They’ve all done an incredible job serving the people of St Petersburg, and I look forward to joining them to continue to make the city an even better place to live and work for all its residents.”

Brown’s most prominent work in the community earned broad attention when she worked to stamp out the “no-snitching” code in minority communities following her son’s murder. Her activism led to the murder being solved and gained better community cooperation with police.

The District 7 Primary Election is August 25. The deadline to register to vote is July 27. Mail ballots go out to voters who requested them this week.

Janelle Irwin has been a professional journalist covering local news and politics in the Tampa Bay area since 2003. She also hosts a weekly political talk show on WMNF Community radio. Janelle formerly served as the sole staff reporter for WMNF News and previously covered news for and various local neighborhood newsletters. Her work has been featured in the New York Daily News, Free Speech Radio News and Florida Public Radio and she's been interviewed by radio stations across the nation for her coverage of the 2012 Republican National Convention. Janelle is a diehard news junkie who isn't afraid to take on big names in local politics including Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, the dirty business of trash and recycling in St. Pete and the ongoing Pier debacle. Her work as a reporter and radio host has earned her two WMNF awards including News Volunteer of the Year and Public Affairs Volunteer of the Year. Janelle is also the devoted mother to three brilliant and beautiful daughters who are a constant source of inspiration and occasional blogging fodder. To contact, email

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