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Janet Long, Mike Mikurak, Ken Welch pre-qualify for Pinellas Commission races

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Democratic incumbents Janet Long and Ken Welch have pre-qualified for their re-election runs for the Pinellas County Commission. Also pre-qualified is first-time candidate Mike Mikurak. Candidates have until noon Friday to qualify for the upcoming election. Long is facing first-time candidate Martin Hughes in the race for the at-large District 1 seat. Hughes has not yet qualified. Neither has incumbent Democrat Charlie Justice, who is facing Republican Mikurak in the run for the District 3 seat. Welch, a Democrat, has drawn no…

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Janet Long pre-qualifies for Pinellas County commission race

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Janet Long has pre-qualified in her quest for a second term on the Pinellas County Commission. To pre-qualify, Long wrote a check for $5,653.20. Long, a Democrat, is seeking re-election to the District 1 at-large commission seat, which is elected countywide. Republican Martin Hughes, a Republican, has announced he will run against her. Long was elected to the commission in 2012. Before that, she served in the Florida House of Representatives from 2006 to 2010. She was a Seminole City…

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Poll: Tough road ahead in Pinellas for Democrats Hillary Clinton, Charlie Justice, Janet Long

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With months to go before the Nov. 6 general election, it appears that two incumbent Pinellas County commissioners could face a hard time keeping their seats, according to results of a poll released Monday. Commissioner Charlie Justice (44 percent) holds an eight percentage point lead over Republican challenger Mike Mikurak (36 percent). But about a fifth of voters are undecided and could certainly sway the outcome of the election for the District 3 seat. The poll results are more disturbing…

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Pinellas Commission candidate offers transportation solution to enhance tourism

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First-time candidate Martin Hughes says he’s running against incumbent Janet Long because he believes the time for change has come. His campaign theme, he said, can be summarized as “a change we need, a voice we deserve.” Hughes said that, if elected, he would focus more on government accountability and transparency. He also wants an environment that’s more conducive to providing jobs and more outreach to residents. “My vision for the county is I want to represent everyone,” Hughes said.…

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Janet Long readies for political battle with fundraising letter

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Janet Long was quick to respond to the news that she has opposition in her campaign for re-election to the Pinellas County Commission. She sent out an email blast Tuesday asking for donations. That was just a day after Republican Martin Hughes, a political newcomer, filed with the elections office. “While I have quietly campaigned for the past year, yesterday I drew an opponent in my race. That changes everything. I realize I have asked before, but now I must…

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