Wengay Newton

Key Facts

Party Nonpartisan
Status Challenger

Background

Wengay Newton graduated from ITT Technical Institute with an associate’s in Electronics Engineering. Newton was a printing systems engineer before serving in politics. Newton has since served for eight years on the St. Petersburg City council and four years in the Florida House of Representatives. As a representative, Newton has signed 3 bills into law during this session: HB 597 – Try-Par Estates Park and Recreation District, HB 625 – Public Nuisances, and HB 1009 – Special Neighborhood Improvement Districts. During Newton’s 2020 session, he helped provide $370M for affordable housing, a 3% pay increase for all state employees, $100M for FL Forever Environmental Land Preservation Fund, $500M to increase teacher pay, and much more. Newton was born and raised in St. Petersburg, and still lives here with his wife of 31 years, four children, and seven grandchildren.

Key Issues

Economy

Newton wants to expand economic opportunity by: boosting home based businesses, youth after-school and summer job programs, youth sports programs, redeveloping the Tropicana Field, providing funding to registered apprenticeship programs, and ensuring financial literacy for all.

Housing

Newton plans on providing affordable housing in the pursuit of home ownership by: fully supporting Habitat for Humanity, repurposing commercial space, allowing homeowners to construct tiny homes, in law apartments or granny flats, facilitating zoning changes, fixing long permit turn-around times, and providing funding through the Sadowski Housing Trust Fund.

Endorsements

Rick Baker, Former Mayor of St. Pete

Sources

MSN
Newt 4 Mayor
LinkedIn