Pinellas Commissioners Justice and Long speaking to Tiger Bay on Thursday

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Janet Long and Charlie Justice, staunch Democrats, were both elected to the Pinellas County Commission county wide in 2012. Both defeated incumbent Republican Commissioners Brickfield and Bostock respectfully.  Both are former Florida legislators; Charlie served as a former Senator and Representative while Janet served as a former Representative.

It appears that the now former incumbents handed them a single issue campaign – the removal of fluoride from our county’s drinking water. 

Guess what their first order of business was after taking office — we now have fluoride back in our county drinking water and hope for better dental health springs eternal.  Thank you, Charlie and Janet.

Commissioner Justice doesn’t pander; he isn’t a blowhard or a publicity-seeking glad-hander. He’s just a good solid guy trying to do right by his constituents.  Charlie is that rare combination of a smart good guy who actually can relate to the middle class working stiffs of the Tampa Bay area and especially Pinellas County.  He’s one himself. 

Commissioner Long is naturally curious and interested in a wide variety of issues and is not afraid of controversy. As the Tampa Bay Times said, “Long has always said what she thinks with little regard for political calculations (EMS and 911). That candor is refreshing.”  You go Janet!  At home in front of a microphone and podium, there really is no way to tell where Janet is going next.

Questions for Janet and/or Charlie:
– Do you think you would have won the election without the fluoride issue?
– Now that we’ve broken the ice on county park user fees, do you think they will continue to rise?
– Now that we have fluoride back in our drinking water, what will the next hot issue be that you’ll address?  Perhaps, EMS?
– What about the Penny for Pinellas?  The Reauthorization of the Juvenile Welfare Board?
– Where will the Rays home stadium be?
– Will we ever critically address our county having 24 municipalities?

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.