Commissioner Long is no stranger to public service and a pillar of Florida politics for decades. In 2002, she was elected to the Seminole City Council and elected again in 2004 without opposition. In 2006, she was elected as a Democrat to the Florida House of Representatives from District 51 and served through 2010.
Since 2012, Commissioner Long held a seat on the Pinellas County Commission, while serving on numerous boards and advises many organizations across Tampa Bay.
Commissioner Long’s advocacy speaks for itself:
In 2013, she seconded the motion on human rights ordinance (that passed 6-1) to protect transgender residents: http://www.watermarkonline.com/2013/08/22/pinellas-votes-to-protect-transgender-residents/
Commissioner Janet Long, who seconded the proposal, agreed that it was her faith that was a driving factor in her determination to support the change.’ “It’s never good public policy to do or not do something based upon fear,” she said. “I want to leave the right legacy for my children and my grandchildren and not contribute to further discrimination because we had the fear to act the right way.”
She was also instrumental for Pinellas County also creating a Domestic Partner Registry back in 2013. https://patch.com/florida/stpete/a-statewide-domestic-partnership-registry-in-florida-db40fe39?utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=dlvr.it
‘Commissioner Janet Long said while she supported the county’s state lobbyists advocating for a statewide domestic partnership registry, it’s unlikely to get any traction in Tallahassee.’
“That bill has been filed every year for the last 10 years and it doesn’t ever even get a committee assignment,” Long said. “You have to seriously consider who’s there.”
‘That is why, Long said, the county needed to create a registry, because local governments cannot wait for the state legislature to act.’
The Stonewall Democrats, who are known to endorse only the most progressive candidates on LGBTQ+ inclusiveness, have supported her dating to 2006: http://www.stonewallpinellas.org/endorsed-candidates/
In her time as Chair of the Pinellas County Board of Commissioners, she issued the board’s first ever Pride Proclamation. An annual supporter of Pride, she ensures the county has info on human rights resources at the Pride Street Festival.
VSPC won Tampa Bay Business Journal’s ‘Business of Pride Award’ in 2017 while Commissioner Long was chair of their Tourist Development Council.
She also supported Pinellas County funding of Metro Inclusive Health’s redevelopment with BP dollars ($150,000) http://www.tampabay.com/news/politics/local/a-look-at-how-pinellas-county-is-spending-bp-settlement-money/2310205
Her mission on the county commission has always been simple. “It’s all about solving problems and taking care of our citizens. We have a lot on our plate, and I’m pretty sure a lot of people don’t realize the breadth and scope of the county commission. I’m very proud of the work we’re doing.”