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Arthenia Joyner backs Sean Shaw in HD 61 race

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Tampa attorney Sean Shaw appears to be the consensus, establishment choice to take the House District 61 seat next month, and he received one of the most important endorsements of his campaign on Tuesday when outgoing Senate Minority Leader Arthenia Joyner announced she is backing him.

“Sean Shaw is the fighter we need in Tallahassee,” Senator Joyner said in a statement. “He’ll stand up for working people and raising the minimum wage, he’ll stand up for our kids and more money for our public schools, and he’ll work to get more Floridians out of emergency rooms and into doctors’ offices by expanding Medicaid. Sean Shaw has dedicated his life to getting results for the people, and he’s not about to stop now.  That’s why I’m proud to endorse his candidacy.”

Joyner is closing out her final term in the legislature after 16 years in Tallahassee, the last two as Senate Minority Leader. The Tampa Democrat’s state Senate 19 district encompasses all of House District 61.

“Senator Joyner has been fighting for the people in our district her entire career,” Shaw said. “Her leadership on Medicaid expansion, our public schools, and raising the minimum wage is inspiration. I look forward to continuing the work she started in Tallahassee and I’m honored to have her support.”

Shaw is running against fellow Democrats Dianne Hart and Walter Smith in the Aug. 30 primary, where the winner will be the overwhelming favorite to win the safe Democratic seat in November.


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

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