First Charlie Crist, now Alex Sink endorses Sean Shaw in HD 61

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Former Florida CFO Alex Sink has endorsed Democrat Sean Shaw in his bid for State House District 61, which covers Seminole Heights, East Tampa, Ybor City and parts of West Tampa.

Sink, also a Democrat, appointed the Tampa attorney to serve as insurance consumer advocate in 2008, a job he held until after the 2010 election.

“I’ve had the privilege of having a front row seat to watch Sean Shaw fight for Florida families for a long time,” said Sink in a statement released Wednesday. “As an advocate for Florida families needing and deserving quality, affordable insurance coverage, Sean was invaluable protecting and serving our most vulnerable citizens.”

“Sean deeply believes in Tampa,” she added. “Tampa needs Sean Shaw.”

After his tenure with Sink in Tallahassee, Shaw returned to Tampa to handle insurance cases for the Merlin Law Firm, as well as founding the advocacy group Policyholders of Florida. During that time, he became a vocal critic of Republican efforts to reform the state-backed Citizens Property Insurance Corp.

Shaw is running for the HD 61 seat now held by term-limited Rep. Betty Reed. He faces fellow Democrats Tatiana Denson, Sharon Carter and Ed Narain in the August primary.

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