Consumer advocate Sean Shaw files for House District 61

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Consumer advocate and Tampa attorney Sean Shaw, a leading critic of Citizens Property Insurance, has filed to run for District 61 of the Florida House of Representatives.

“I want to improve access to healthcare, both prenatal and access for seniors; ensure that Floridians have access to good paying jobs; and address the high school dropout rate among minorities,” said Shaw in a press release.  “We also need to put an end to voter suppression.

Shaw, the son of Leander J. Shaw Jr, the first African-American Chief Justice of the Florida Supreme Court, currently represents policyholders at the Merlin Law Group and is a public champion for policyholders as the founder of the Policyholders of Florida, a statewide consumer advocacy coalition.

District 61 is currently represented by Betty Reed, but she is term-limited from running again.

Shaw’s campaign website, which includes his announcement video, is here.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.