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Janet Long, Karen Seel, Ken Welch draw no opposition in Pinellas Commission races

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Incumbents Janet Long, Karen Seel and Ken Welch were re-elected Friday when no one showed up to run against them by the end of qualifying.

Incumbent Charlie Justice, a Democrat, will face first-time candidate Mike Mikurak, a Republican, in the Nov. 8 general election.

Seel, a Republican who has served on the commission since 1999 when then-Gov. Jeb Bush appointed her to fill an unexpired term, never had the threat of opposition.

Sharon McManus had announced she would run against Welch, a Democrat, who has served on the commission since 2000, but her campaign never materialized.

And Republican Martin Hughes announced he would make his first run for public office against Long, a Democrat who is in her first term on the commission. But Hughes failed to qualify, according to the Pinellas Supervisor of Elections website.

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