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Janet Long nearly tops $17,000 for re-election campaign

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Since filing to run for re-election in early May, Pinellas County Commissioner Janet Long has raised exactly $16,808 in campaign contributions. That’s according to the last three months of published campaign finance reports on the Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections’ website.

Long, a 70 year-old Democrat from Seminole, has received nearly 50 total checks so far, including five for $1,000 — the maximum allowable individual contribution amount. Those five top donations came from real estate developer Edward R. Sharp, land-use attorney Ed Armstrong, entrepreneur Eric Moore, businesswoman Jeanne M. Fisherkeller, and the Clearwater based contracting and development company National Properties Trust.

Long also roped in 15 $500 donations. Notable contributors of this amount include lobbyist Martha J. Edenfield, of the Tallahassee based Dean Mead commercial law firm, and Bayfront Medical Center CEO Kathryn Gillette.

Tony Satterfield, the Vice President of St. Pete Beach’s Alden Suites, and Lenne Nicklaus, another St. Pete Beach based hotelier, also contributed $500, as did Clearwater Beach’s Sheraton Sand Key Resort.

Fellow Pinellas County Commissioner and Democrat Pat Gerard kicked in $250 for the Long campaign as well. And Largo City Commissioner Michael Smith gave $100.        

So far, Long’s only sizable expenditure has been $705 on appetizers for an event held in May. It was during this same finance report period that Long reeled in $10,586 in donations, making it the most lucrative month of her young campaign.

As of now, Long has no official competition.

County Commission seats for Districts 3, 5, and 7 will also be up for grabs during the 2016 general election, which falls on Nov. 8 — though no one’s currently filed to run for any of them.

Devon Crumpacker is a Tampa Bay based writer and reporter for Extensive Enterprises Media. He primarily covers Pinellas County politics for SaintPetersblog.com, but also makes time to write the occasional bar review for FloridaBarTab.com. He lives in St. Petersburg with his fiance, Sydney. To contact, e-mail devon@floridapolitics.com, or visit his Twitter page @DevonCrumpacker.

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