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About Newt

Newt with son Brandon

Wengay "Newt" Newton was born and raised in Midtown South, St. Petersburg, the most impoverished area in Pinellas County. He is one of eight siblings raised by his divorced single mother.


Early on in his childhood, Newt learned the values of hard work and perseverance. His mother worked as a domestic worker; sewing, cooking, cleaning and rearing children of affluent families in Snell Isle and Shore Acres. Her strong work ethic and persistence on the importance of education enabled her children to escape poverty and greatly improve their circumstances.

Wengay Newton for Mayor
Melissa and Wengay Newton

After graduating from Northeast High School in 1981, Newt attended ITT Tech (International Telephone and Telegraph Technical Institute) where he received an Associate Arts Degree in Electronics Engineering in 1983. Newt later continued his education attending Hillsborough Community College and St. Petersburg College.


In 1983 Newt began an 18 year career with the Xerox Corporation, where he advanced to the position of Senior Printing Systems Engineer.


It was at Xerox that he met and later married his soulmate Melissa. They have been married for 33 years. The Newtons have raised a strong family with four children and ten grandchildren. 

Following his long career at the Xerox Corporation, Newt formalized his long standing passion for serving the community and entered politics. "After serving 8 years on the St. Petersburg City Council and 4 years in the Florida Legislature, I return to St. Petersburg with the Relationships and Bridges that I have built to continue bringing home much needed resources for District 7.       

The Newton Family

I am the only candidate with proven legislative experience.  

I return to St. Petersburg with the relationships and bridges

that I have built to move our city forward.

 Committee's Served on in 2020:

  • Higher Education Appropriation

  • Children, Families & Seniors

  • State Affairs

  • Business & Profession (Ranking Member)

I don’t see Party, Race or Gender and I have a documented record

of working with anyone to get things done for the people of St. Petersburg.


It would be an honor and a privilege to serve you again on St. Petersburg City Council.

I humbly ask for your "Support and VOTE."


Representative Wengay “Newt” Newton

Member of the Florida House

Florida Commission On Ethics

Candidate for St. Petersburg City

Council District 7.


(727) 619-6398

Tallahassee Rally for "Parent Choice"
Newt Wins St. Petersburg City Council District 7 race  in 2007
Newt speak to Appropriations Chair on the floor of the Florida House
Newt lobbing Rep. Eagle on the floor of the Florida House

Experienced in Serving St. Petersburg

Relationships and Bridge Builder

Served with 3 Mayors 

St. Petersburg City Council 2008-2016

Florida House of Representatives 2016-2020

Life Member of the Florida House

14 Years of Consecutive Governance

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