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Pinellas County Commissioner Janet Long raises nearly $22k for 2016 re-election campaign

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Incumbent Janet Long has continued her bid for Pinellas County Commission re-election with another solid month of campaign fundraising.

The 70-year-old Democrat and former Florida House state representative from Seminole has raised a total of $21,658 since formally jumping into the race for Commission’s District 1 seat back in May. Approximately $4,850 of that sum was donated during this past month.

In total, 10 checks were contributed to the Long campaign in August. Six of those came from individual supporters, while the remaining four came from various Florida-based businesses.

Two checks were written out for the maximum allowable $1,000. They each came from separate governmental affairs companies: the Tampa-based Lou Betz & Associates, Inc., and the Adventura-based Ron Book, PA.

Ron L. Book, owner of the aforementioned Ron Book, PA, also made a donation in his own name for $500. There were three other $500 donations as well. They came from Scott K. Wagman, of St. Petersburg, the Akerman LLP law firm, based out of Maitland, and Suskey Consulting LLC, another Tallahassee-based governmental affairs company.

Long also brought in three $250 donations during this past fundraising period. They were from Fred. W. Leonhardt, of Orlando, Susan M. Reiter, of Redington Beach, and fellow area elected official and Democrat, Darden Rice, who currently serves as St. Petersburg’s District 4 City Council member.

Long’s past contributions from area elected officials include a $250 donation from fellow Pinellas County Commissioner and Democrat Pat Gerard, and a $100 check from Largo City Commissioner Michael Smith.

So far, Long’s only two sizable expenditures have been for $705, which was spent on appetizers for an event held in May, a month which netted Long $10,586 in campaign donations, and $305, which was spent last month on a “computer upgrade.”

As of now, Long, who is coming to the end of her first term on County Commission, is the only candidate filed to run for Pinellas’ District 1 seat.

Seats for Districts 3, 5, and 7 will also be up for grabs during the 2016 general election, which falls on Nov. 8.

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

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