“The tone of discourse in Safety Harbor over the past few years has hurt my heart,” Long said. “We can disagree yet still be respectful. I’ve spent my life helping people with differing views find common ground so we can move forward together. And now I’d like to do that for the city I love.”
Seat 1 is currently held by Janet Hooper who has resigned to run for mayor.
Long, 44, has lived in Safety Harbor since 2001. He’s one of the founders and publishers of Ante Up Poker Media LLC, and is a member of Safety Harbor’s Planning and Zoning Board and Board of Appeals. He is the former chair of the city’s Public Art Committee. He’s also a member of the Safety Harbor Chamber of Commerce, a former president of the Harbor Woods Village Homeowners Association and a graduate of the Safety Harbor Citizens Academy.
A native of Gahanna, Ohio, he holds a bachelor’s degree in political journalism from Marietta (Ohio) College.
Beyond promoting a more positive manner of discussion, Long’s top issues include creating a more energetic downtown, making sensible zoning decisions and fostering the city’s burgeoning arts community.
“I’ve enjoyed serving my city on advisory boards for several years, and now it’s time for me take everything I’ve learned to be an active and thoughtful City Commissioner,” Long said.
Qualifying for the March 14 Safety Harbor election is Jan. 3 through Jan. 10. On the ballot are the mayor’s seat and seats 1 and 4.
Thus far, Hooper and Joe Ayoub have announced they are running for mayor. Seat 4 incumbent Carlos Diaz is facing a challenge from Cameron Boozarjomehri. Long is the only announced candidate for Seat 1.