Republican Shawn Harrison picks up endorsements from two prominent Hillsborough Democrats in HD 63 race

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In a show of bipartisan unity, two leading Hillsborough Democrats announced today their endorsement of Republican Shawn Harrison in his bid to reclaim the State House District 63 seat.

Former Councilwoman Mary Alvarez and former Tampa Mayor Dick Greco joins a long list of GOP legislators supporting Harrison as he faces incumbent Rep. Mark Danish for the seat covering parts of north Hillsborough County.

Both Democrats said Harrison worked to cross party lines during his time on the Tampa city Council, where he served from 1999 to 2007.

 “Shawn was a great councilman who worked across the aisle for his constituents,” said Greco. “He cares about North Tampa and will be an excellent representative.”

“I served for 8 years on the Tampa City Council with Shawn,” Alvarez said in a statement. “Even though we come from different parties, we agreed on most issues always put aside partisan differences for the good of Tampa’s citizens.”

First elected to the House in 2010, Harrison served only one term, losing to Danish in 2012. In addition to Alvarez and Greco, Harrison has racked up a number of GOP endorsements, including Hillsborough County Commissioners Victor Crist, Sandy Murman, and Mark Sharpe, as well as State Sen. Bill Galvano of and Sen. John Legg.

“I am thrilled and honored to have the support of Councilwoman Alvarez and Mayor Greco – two dedicated public servants and leaders for all of Tampa Bay,” Harrison said of his most recent supporters.

“I look back on my service with them as a true working partnership for bipartisan progress.  We never looked at each other as Democrats or Republicans, but rather saw our service together as a chance to find common ground to improve the communities we loved.”

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