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.
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.
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
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.
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