Wengay Newton facing familiar foe in Gershom Faulkner

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When Gershom Faulkner ran against Wengay Newton in 2007 for the District 7 seat, many considered Faulkner the favorite.

After all, it was Faulkner, a self-employed business and political consultant,who had the endorsements of then-mayor Rick Baker and other top officials. But it was Newton who won.

Now, Newton willhave to do it again.

Since January, Faulkner has been running for Newton’s seat. And again, he’s trying to line up the city’s political establishment behind him. He’s raised $1,025 through March. Newton has yet to begin raising money. Former City Council Member Rene Flowers is a consultant onFaulkner’s campaign. On Monday, Faulkner showed up at St. Petersburg Together, an effort that Council Chair Jim Kennedy is leading to discuss divisive community efforts. The city’s chipping in $5,000 to organize, and it has the full support of the Council, except Newton, who said it’s just more talk and no action.

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