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Sean Shaw picks up Hillsborough Firefighters endorsement in HD 61 bid

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Attorney and former state consumer advocate Sean Shaw has received the endorsement of the Hillsborough County Firefighters in his bid for State House, District 61 on Monday.

“I’m so honored to have the support of the brave men and women who protect us every day at our fire departments.  Their service is a model for all of us,” Shaw said in a statement.  “I’ll work with them to secure our neighborhoods and create opportunity for our friends and neighbors.”

Shaw is a Tampa attorney running for the HD 61 seat for the second consecutive election. He lost a closely fought battle against fellow Democrat Ed Narain in 2014. Narain announced in March that he will eschew re-election to the seat to challenge for a state senate seat instead.

A statement from the Hillsborough Firefighters noted Sean’s work as Florida’s Consumer Advocate, “Sean obtained a firsthand, working knowledge and understanding of the ever-changing aspects of our Legislature.  The citizens of Florida & the Firefighters of Hillsborough County Local 2294 are in need of the fair, balanced, & tenacious advocacy of Sean Shaw in the State’s capital.”

Shaw has raised more than $41,000 in his first two months of fundraising, more than five times the total of what his two other Democratic opponents have raised combined (Dianne Hart and Walter Smith).

HD 61  includes East Tampa, Seminole Heights, West Tampa and Ybor City, and is heavily Democratic in terms of party registration.

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Mitch Perry has been a reporter with Extensive Enterprises since November of 2014. Previously, he served as five years as the political editor of the alternative newsweekly Creative Loafing. He also was the assistant news director with WMNF 88.5 FM in Tampa from 2000-2009, and currently hosts MidPoint, a weekly talk show, on WMNF on Thursday afternoons. He began his reporting career at KPFA radio in Berkeley. He's a San Francisco native who has now lived in Tampa for 15 years and can be reached at mitch.perry@floridapolitics.com.

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