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St. Pete Pride attracts notable supporter



ST. PETERSBURG -- This isn't something you see often -- if ever -- at St. Pete Pride: A local black politician.

Newton But Council Member Wengay Newton, the city's lone black council member, said he had no hesitations about marching in Saturday's parade, something his predecessors had avoided.

"They bring money and business to St. Pete," said Newton, a newcomer on the council who attended the annual parade for the first time Saturday. "I don't understand how African-Americans or any other politicians wouldn't show up and show their support. As a St. Pete city council member, you have to be representative of all the people in St. Pete."

Newton and Council Member Karl Nurse marched with a group of local Stonewall Democrats. Newton also joined Council Member Jeff Danner in reading a proclamation recognizing the parade, the largest single day event in St. Petersburg.

"I had a good time," said Newton.  "I didn't see any problem with it."

-Cristina Silva, Times Staff Writer

[Willie Allen, Jr., Times files]

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 11:29am]


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