Pinellas Commissioner Janet Long draws challenger

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Republican Martin Hughes filed papers Monday to run against Democrat Janet Long in the Nov. 6 General Election.

Hughes could not be reached for comment. But on his campaign Facebook page, he said, “It’s my pleasure to announce that I have filed as an announced candidate for the Commissioner At Large District #1, for the Pinellas County Commission.”

Hughes added, “More exciting information will follow! I can’t wait to hear: … what your concerns, issues, and needs are for a great Pinellas County! … and how we can work together to achieve our full potential! (and more!!!).”

Long, a former state Representative and Seminole City Council member, is in her first term as a County Commissioner. She was elected countywide in 2012. She is currently the Commission Vice Chair and serves on the Charter Review Committee, the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority and the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council, among other appointments.

District 1 runs from north Pinellas into south Pinellas, covering such unincorporated areas as East Lake and a portion of Lealman. The district also includes the cities of Oldsmar, Safety Harbor and portions of St. Petersburg and the beaches.