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Florida Retail Federation PAC endorses Dianne Hart in HD 61 race

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Democrat Dianne Hart has received the endorsement of the Florida Retail Federation PAC in the race for the Florida House District 61 race.

“As a small business owner and retailer for more than 30 years, Dianne Hart knows how important our industry is to the success of our state, and will do her part to support her fellow retailers statewide,” said FRF President & CEO Randy Miller. “We look forward to the positive impact she will have on Sunshine State business owners in the Florida House.”

Hart is the owner of Ms. Dee’s World of Beauty Salon and Barber Shop in East Tampa. She also serves as CEO of the East Tampa Business and Civic Association, and is committed to a local food initiative in Hillsborough County as well as focusing on economic development projects.

Hart is running against Tampa attorney Sean Shaw and instructor/activist Walter Lee Smith in the HD 61 race, which encompasses downtown Tampa, Ybor City, and Seminole Heights and is currently held by Democrat Ed Narain. It’s overwhelmingly Democratic in its composition, making the Aug. 30 primary the de facto general election.

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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