Sean Shaw gets backing of Tampa PBA in HD 61 race

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Sean Shaw announced on Thursday receiving support from the Tampa Police Benevolent Association as the Democratic candidate for Florida House District 61.

“I’m honored to have the endorsement of such a prestigious, important group of over 1,000 men and women who help protect and serve Tampa Bay families,” the Tampa attorney said in a statement. “Having the Tampa PBA tell you you’re the best choice to fight for more jobs for Tampa families, protect our kids’ schools from more Tallahassee cuts, and help give our law enforcement agencies and neighborhood groups the tools they need to keep our streets safer – that’s humbling.

“It fuels us for the important fights ahead,” Shaw added.

Shaw, son of Leander J. Shaw, Jr., the first African-American Chief Justice of the Florida Supreme Court, faces fellow Democrats Tatiana Denson, Sharon Carter and Ed Narain in the race to replace term-limited Rep. Betty Reed. HD 61 is a heavily Democratic district covering the Tampa neighborhoods of Seminole Heights, East Tampa, Ybor City and parts of West Tampa.

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.

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