Neil Brickfield enters race for Pinellas County Commission

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Brickfield is back!

Today, former County Commissioner Neil Brickfield announced his intention to run for the District 4 seat on the Pinellas County Commission. This is the seat currently held by Susan Latvala, who earlier this week announced she would not seek a fourth term. 

Brickfield says his previous experience on the commission taught him how government can help the public and where government can get in the way.

“Should the voters honor me to serve District 4,” Brickfield, a Republican, who served on the Commission from 2008-12, said, “I intend to take those lessons and use them to promote economic development, protect our environment and natural beauty, advocate to solve the flood insurance mess Washington created, and build on past successes in creating a streamlined and responsive county government.”

Six other candidates have announced their intention to run to represent District 4: Republicans Scott Fisher, Timothy Keffalas and Wanda Kimsey, along with Democrat Jack McAdoo, plus Dustan Showers and Marcus Harrison, who are not affiliated with any party.

Attorneys Brian Aungst, Jr. and Lauralee Westine, wife of Sheriff Bob Gualtieri, are also contemplating running for the seat.

Brickfield currently serves as the Executive Director of the Pinellas Sheriff’s Police Athletic League which serves at-risk kids by providing positive role models and programs.

Brickfield first entered electoral politics by winning a seat on the Safety Harbor City Commission. 

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