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Shawn Harrison holds wide fundraising lead in HD 63 race

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House District 63 GOP incumbent Shawn Harrison, always a strong fundraiser, continues to expand his fundraising lead over the Democrat he now knows he will face in November, Lisa Montelione.

Fundraising totals from June 1 through June 24 were released on Friday, and they show that Harrison raised $9,400 during that period, while Montelione raised $6,360.

Overall, Harrison has twice as much cash-on-hand as does Montelione : Harrison has more than $128,000, while Montelione has $63,931.

Montelione current serves as the Tampa City Council District 7 representative, the same position that Harrison held from 1999-2007. She had been engaged in a competitive primary against Mike Reedy, but he dropped out a week ago.

The seat is considered one that the Democratic Party believes they can win back this fall. Mark Danish defeated Harrison in 2012, but lost to Harrison in 2014.

House District 63 encompasses parts of New Tampa, Pebble Creek, Lutz, Carrollwood, Lake Magdalene and the USF area.

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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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