Thursday, December 1, 2011

City Court Clerk Long Could Be Third Wheel in 9th District Race

Posted By on Thu, Dec 1, 2011 at 3:18 PM

City Court Clerk Thomas Long
  • City Court Clerk Thomas Long
Tomeka Hart, whose campaign headquarters opening is scheduled for Thursday night, may not be the only challenger for incumbent 9th District congressman Steve Cohen in next year’s Democratic primary.

City court clerk Thomas Long confirmed recently that he is thinking of running for the position but will make no decision until his official swearing-in on January 1. Long was re-elected as clerk during this year’s city election.

Long, who has flirted in recent years with the idea of running for various positions, including county clerk and city and county mayor, was first elected to the city court clerkship in 1995 and has been reelected four times.

His participation in the 9th District race would complicate things in unpredictable ways, though the presence of two challengers would seem to enhance the incumbent’s chances of reelection. That prospect, however, was downplayed by Long, who has game-planned a prospective race but stressed that he has made no decision.

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