Rep. Betty Reed endorses Ed Narain as her successor in House District 61

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Democratic community activist Ed Narain received the nod from term-limited state Rep. Betty Reed to succeed her in House District 61.

Narain, a twenty-year Tampa resident, faces fellow Democrats Tatiana Denson, Sharon Carter and attorney Sean Shaw for the region covering Seminole Heights, East Tampa, Ybor City and parts of West Tampa.

Reed cites her support for Narain, to his history of community service and deep understanding of the district.

“I’m supporting Ed Narain to replace me because our concerns for the community are the same,” Reed said. “Ed has the community roots, the servant heart, and the fighting spirit to carry the torch for Tampa.

“Ed Narain is the best person to continue the work that will carry our district further and I proudly endorse him for State Representative. Ed will be a voice for all of us. I’m with Ed and I encourage the community to be with Ed, too,” Reed added.

Narain welcomed Reed’s support, saying it “means so much to me as a person and as a candidate.”

“I have always been motivated to improve my community,” he said. “And to have the support, prayers, and encouragement of Representative Reed and others is a humbling honor. These are big shoes to fill and I look forward to continuing the good work that has been started by so many in our community.”

In endorsing Narain, Reed joins current and former office holders from the east Tampa area, including Hillsborough County Commissioner Les Miller; former Tampa At-Large Councilwoman Gwen Miller; state Sen. James T. “Jim” Hargrett, and former Hillsborough School Board member Doris Ross-Reddick.

Narain currently serves as an AT&T District Manager, recognized three times as Top Performance Area Manager in Florida. He also was Student Body President while attending the University of South Florida. After putting himself through graduate school, Narain earned an MBA from St. Leo University and a Law Degree from Stetson University College of Law.

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