Wengay Newton thanks supporters

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Wengay “Newt” Newton was just sworn in at City Hall, after winning his re-election bid for St. Petersburg City Council. Newton also was elected as Council Vice Chair, reports Rachel Jolley.

“I’m truly humbled and blessed being born and raised in this city,” Newton said at the Jan. 2 Council meeting.

On Saturday at Dell Holmes Park in South St. Pete, Newton showed his appreciation for supporters by hosting a barbecue.

Newton said the sixth annual barbecue celebration was a success, with Newton’s family, friends and supporters all under one roof.

Newton was dubbed “The People’s Advocate” over the years in his District 7 position.He was elected to City Council in 2007 and re-elected in November 2011.

With a special interest in the community and its development, Newton says he is grateful to be serving another term on the St. Petersburg City Council.

At the Jan. 2 Council meeting, Newton struggled to hold back tears as he thanked outgoing council member Herb Polson and his family and friends in attendance. “Only wish my mom was here to see it,” he said.

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