Sean Shaw first to raise over $100K in the HD 61 race

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Democrat Sean Shaw breaks the $100,000 mark in his campaign for Florida House District 61, according to Division of Elections records. It makes him the first candidate in the race to reach that pivotal milestone.

Shaw raised $36,551 in the third quarter fundraising period, for a total of $101,126, as well as $1,102 in kind. So far, he has spent $11,645.78 in his campaign.

The Tampa attorney is running to replace term-limited Rep. Betty Reed. He 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.

“We’ve been blessed, there’s no debate about that,” said Shaw in an email announcing the filings. “We have benefited from a groundswell of community support. We’ve spent the last three months out in the community again where we are knocking on doors, attending events and meeting families, small business owners, and neighborhood activists.”

“We received a wonderful response,” he added. “I’m honored to have their support.”

In the last decade, Shaw has been a practicing attorney in Florida. In 2008, Shaw served on the 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 the Policyholders of Florida, a consumer advocacy coalition.

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