Sean Shaw breaks $150K mark in fundraising for HD 61 race

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Democratic hopeful Sean Shaw announced reaching a significant milestone with more than $150,000 in donations for his House District 61 campaign.

The Tampa attorney raised $159,719.77 to date, widening the gap as the fundraising frontrunner in the race to succeed term-limited Rep. Betty Reed. In addition, Shaw has nearly $106,000 cash-on-hand.

“I can’t say thank you enough,” Shaw said in a statement issued Monday. “The community support has been tremendous. We knew we had the right message, and we are excited to see the response it’s getting.”

Shaw is the son of Leander J. Shaw, Jr., the first African-American Chief Justice of the Florida Supreme Court. For the last ten years, Shaw has been a practicing attorney in Florida.

In 2008, Shaw served as Florida Insurance Consumer Advocate, managing fifteen state employees to protect Floridians families and businesses on insurance matters. Shaw is currently working at the Merlin Law Group, and is the founder of the Policyholders of Florida, a consumer advocacy coalition.

Shaw faces Tatiana Denson, Sharon Carter and Ed Narain in the heavily Democratic area that covers Seminole Heights, East Tampa, Ybor City and parts of West Tampa.

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