Pinellas County Commission District 1: Janet Long (D), Neil Brickfield (R)

Published Oct. 17, 2012

Former state Rep. Janet Long, a Democrat, is challenging Republican incumbent Neil Brickfield for the District 1 seat. Much of the campaign has focused on Brickfield's vote to take fluoride out of the drinking water. Long says the vote was "totally lacking in common sense and embarrassing to our county" and has vowed to help reverse the decision if elected. Brickfield says he sticks by his vote but also supports a referendum that would allow citizens to decide whether fluoride should be added to the county's drinking water.