Sean Shaw adds $5K in April to further money lead in HD 61

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Democrat Sean Shaw received $5,000 in April for his House District 61 effort, according to newly filed reports with the Division of Elections.

This brings the Tampa attorney to $164,720 in total. After spending $65,600, Shaw has $99,737 cash-on-hand.

Shaw faces fellow Democrats Tatiana Denson, Sharon Carter and Ed Narain in the race to replace term-limited Rep. Betty Reed.

Coming in second for April was Narain, who raised $3,145 last month for a total of $84,246. With $15,849 in expenditures, the longtime community activist has $69,805 cash-on-hand.

Neither Denson nor Carter reported any contributions last month. Denson stands at $641 in donations, and with a $1,000 loan, she has $1,037 in her war chest. Carter is holding steady at $3,140 and $984 in cash-on-hand.

HD 61 is a heavily Democratic region covering Seminole Heights, East Tampa, Ybor City and parts of West Tampa.

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