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Democrat Frank Reddick endorses Republican Shawn Harrison in HD 63 race

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Frank Reddick has served with fellow Democrat Lisa Montelione on the Tampa City Council for the past five years, so you might expect him to back her in her race to win the State House District 63 race this fall. You might expect that, but you’d be wrong. On Monday, Reddick came out and endorsed Republican Shawn Harrison, who will face the winner of the Monteleone-Mike Reedy Democratic primary in the HD 63 race that takes place Aug. 30. “I have known and worked alongside…

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Lisa Montelione anticipates ‘increasing’ public service by running for state Legislature

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Although Lisa Montelione announced last fall that she would challenge fellow Democrat Mike Reedy in the House District 63 primary election this August, she didn’t officially submit her resign-to-run letter announcing her departure from the Tampa City Council until last Friday. She wrote she was submitting her resignation with “a heavy heart,” and jokingly said Wednesday night that putting such sentiments on paper to formally resign “was a task and a half.” But she quickly took exception to the idea she’s hoping to move…

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Lisa Montelione submits her letter resigning from the Tampa City Council later this year

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As expected, Tampa City Councilwoman Lisa Montelione submitted her resign-to-run letter to the Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections on Friday, effective November 8. That’s the date of the fall election, where Montelione hopes to be the Democratic candidate for the House District 63 seat, which encompasses parts of New Tampa, Pebble Creek, Lutz, Carrollwood, Lake Magdalene and the USF area. Montelione, re-elected to her north Tampa District 7 council seat in the winter of 2015, announced last fall that she would leave the…

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Shawn Harrison brings in more than 20K in May in HD 63 race

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Republican state Rep. Shawn Harrison raised $20,550 in May in his bid for re-election to House District 63 and now has more than $123,000 cash-on-hand. Harrison was first elected to the Hillsborough County area seat in 2010, before losing in 2012 to Mark Danish. He defeated Danish in 2014. He’ll face the winner of the Democratic primary between Lisa Montelione and Mike Reedy, which takes place on Aug. 30. Neither Democrat has turned in their May fundraising totals as of late Friday morning. HD 63 encompasses Carrollwood, Lake…

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Cyril Spiro narrowly leads Gene Siudut in fundraising in Tampa City Council District 7 contest

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It’s only been within the last month that the men running to succeed Lisa Montelione on the Tampa City Council later year we’re allowed to file for her seat, but two of the four declared candidates are already in tight battle when it comes to fundraising in the District 7 contest. Health care official Cyril Spiro raised $10,989 in May. That total includes six different contributors giving $1,000 to his fledgling candidacy. Right behind him is La Gaceta staffer Gene…

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Orlando Gudes latest entrant to Tampa City Council District 7 race

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(UPDATED) Former Tampa Police officer Orlando Gudes announced on Wednesday that he has filed to run for the City Council seat in District 7 that will be vacated by incumbent Lisa Montelione later this year. He now joins Gene Siudut, Luis Veira and Cyril Spiro in announcing their candidacies for the seat, which encompasses New Tampa, north Tampa and the University of South Florida/Busch Boulevard areas. “I’ve been fighting for our families my whole life, Gudes said in a statement.…

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Shawn Harrison raises more than $21,000 in HD 63 race in April

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Temple Terrace-based Republican Representative Shawn Harrison raised $21,270 in April, and has over $100,000 cash-in-hand in the House District 63 race. Harrison is trying to defy the odds in this swing district in a presidential election year. The former two-term Tampa City Council member was first elected to the seat in 2010, but lost in the 2012 presidential election year to Democrat Mark Danish. In 2014, with fewer Democrats going to the polls, Harrison was able to retake the seat in vanquishing Danish.…

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