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Democratic Progressive Caucus backs Sean Shaw in HD 61 race

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The Democratic Progressive Caucus released a slate of endorsements on Monday, including Tampa attorney Sean Shaw in the race to represent District 61 in the State House.

“We’ve been working for months to spread my progressive message and share my plan to make sure Tallahassee is working for everyone,” Shaw said. “That means raising the minimum wage, expanding Medicaid, improving our education system, and promoting community policing.  I’m honored to join the Progressive Caucus and their members in the fight.

Shaw is running against Dianne Hart and Walter Smith in the Aug. 30 Democratic primary in the seat currently held by Ed Narain. The winner will automatically be elected to Tallahassee, as there is no Republican who has entered the race.

“I’ll fight for a government that works for everyone, not just the well connected,” Shaw added. “Our district needs a fighter who can deliver results and move our state in the right direction.  I’m so thankful to the Progressive Caucus for the confidence and support as we continue that work.”

Here is the entire list of candidates that the Progressive Caucus is backing:

US House of Representatives

Susannah Randolph, Congressional District 9

Jonathan Chane, Congressional District 18

Tim Canova, Congressional District 23

State Senate

Rick Roach, District 13

Frank R Alcock III, District 23

Frank Cirillo, District 23

Jeff Clemens, District 31

Dwight Bullard, District 40

State House

Alex Barrio, District 48

Amy Mercado, District 48

Carlos Guillermo Smith, District 49

Sean Shaw, District 61

Manny Lopez, District 74

Ross Hancock, District 115


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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