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In District 55, McKenzie winning endorsements



This might make for awkward conversation before the next St. Petersburg City Council Meeting.

Council Member Wengay Newton has chosen not to support fellow Democrat and council member Earnest Williams in the District 55 race. Instead, Newton has endorsed his opponent, the Rev. Charles McKenzie. Newton said McKenzie was the first to ask him for his support and he was impressed by the Meadowlawn Middle School teacher’s community roots.

Meanwhile, he's also secured endorsements from former Sarasota Mayors Jerome Dupree and Carolyn J. Mason. McKenzie, a former Sarasota activist who now lives in St. Petersburg, has said he plans on winning by securing the Sarasota and Manatee County vote. He hopes his opponents, attorney Darryl Rouson and St. Petersburg City Council Member Earnest Williams will cancel each other out in St. Petersburg.

--Cristina Silva, Times Staff Writer

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 1:16pm]


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