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Wengay Newton files to run for former state House seat

In 2020, Newton left the seat to run for a Pinellas County commission seat, losing the primary to Rene Flowers. In August, he finished fourth in the St. Petersburg mayoral primary.
Wengay Newton has filed to run in St. Petersburg’s House District 70.
Wengay Newton has filed to run in St. Petersburg’s House District 70. [ LUIS SANTANA | Times ]
Published Sep. 24

After losing races for Pinellas County commissioner and St. Petersburg mayor within the last year, former state Rep. Wengay Newton has now filed to return to his former state House seat.

Newton has filed to run in St. Petersburg’s House District 70, a minority access district covering southern St. Petersburg and coastal areas of southern Hillsborough and northern Manatee counties, which he held from 2016-20. It’s now held by Rep. Michele Rayner, D-St. Petersburg, who has announced she will leave it to run for Congress.

In 2020, Newton left the seat to run for a Pinellas County commission seat, losing the primary to Rene Flowers. In August, he finished fourth in the St. Petersburg mayoral primary.

Newton announced his new campaign in a thank-you letter to his mayoral race supporters.

“It would be an honor to represent you again in Tallahassee,” he wrote. “Stay tuned.”