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It’s not the party, it’s the after party: Here’s where St. Pete City Council candidates will be celebrating on election night

Win or lose, drinks will be flowing.

After months of campaigning candidates in four St. Petersburg City Council races are ready to pop the champagne Tuesday night.

Win or lose, candidates typically host election night celebrations at their favorite places to thank supporters and offer a cheers to all of the efforts that go into running a campaign from pounding the pavement to talk to voters to raising funds to pay for outreach efforts.

At the end of the night, candidates hope to offer a rousing victory speech. Some will instead deliver concession speeches.

Win or lose, here’s where this year’s eight candidates will be celebrating.

District 1, west St. Pete

Robert Blackmon — Trophy Fish, 2060 Central Ave., 6:30-8:30 p.m.

John Hornbeck — Iberian Rooster, 475 Central Ave., 6:30-8:30 p.m.

District 3, northeast St. Pete

Ed Montanari — 400 Beach Seafood, 400 Beach Drive, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Orlando Acosta — Pinellas County Democratic Headquarters, 2250 First Ave. North

District 5, south St. Pete

Deborah Figgs-Sanders — Magnuson Hotel and Marina, 6800 Sunshine Skyway Lane, 6-9 p.m.

Trenia Cox — Ferg’s Sports Bar & Grill, 1320 Central Ave., 7 p.m.

District 7, south St. Pete

Lisa Wheeler-Bowman — Punky’s Bar and Grill, 3063 Central Ave., 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Eritha “Akile” Cainion — Campaign office, 2721 18th Ave. S., 7:30 p.m.

Janelle Irwin Taylor has been a professional journalist covering local news and politics in the Tampa Bay area since 2003. Most recently, Janelle reported for the Tampa Bay Business Journal. She formerly served as the sole staff reporter for WMNF News and previously covered news for and various local neighborhood newsletters. Her work has been featured in the New York Daily News, Free Speech Radio News and Florida Public Radio and she's been interviewed by radio stations across the nation for her coverage of the 2012 Republican National Convention. Janelle is a die-hard news junkie who isn't afraid to take on big names in local politics, including Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, the dirty business of trash and recycling in St. Pete and contentious issues surrounding transit. Her work as a reporter and radio host has earned her two WMNF awards including News Volunteer of the Year and Public Affairs Volunteer of the Year. Janelle is also a devoted wife and mother to three brilliant and beautiful daughters who are a constant source of inspiration and occasional blogging fodder.

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