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Avis Harrison endorses Jim Davison in Tampa City Council District 7 contest

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Jim Davison has picked up the endorsement of Avis Harrison in his race against Luis Viera for the Tampa City Council District 7 runoff election next month. Harrison is the second candidate in the original field of six to now back Davison, following Cyril Spiro‘s endorsement earlier this week.

“I have been able to speak with Jim and his competitor in this election and believe that Jim has far more experience and is truly concerned with helping ALL of District 7,” Harrison said in a statement posted on Davison’s website on Wednesday night. He took the time to talk with me and understand the issues that I am passionate about and hear the concerns of my voters.”

Harrison came in third in the contest last week with 16 percent of the vote. Her support — along with Spiro’s previously declared endorsement — presumably should aid Davison now as the race settles down between two candidates.

Viera is being backed by the woman who held the seat for the past five-and-a-half years, Lisa Montelione. He also has the backing of Congresswoman Kathy Castor. 

Although a nonpartisan race, Davison is a Republican and Veira a Democrat. Both live in the Hunter’s Green section of New Tampa.

District 7 runs north from Waters Avenue to County Line Road and includes Forest Hills, Terrace Park, the University of South Florida, and New Tampa.


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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