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Sean Shaw to run for Tampa House District 61 seat

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Sean Shaw, who lost a bitterly fought contest to fellow Democrat Ed Narain in the HD 61 race in 2014, announced on Monday that he will run again for the seat, now that Narain has announced his candidacy for state Senate.

“Ed Narain has been a fantastic Representative for our district,” said Shaw in a statement. “I had no plans to run this year until he announced he would campaign to continue his service in the Senate.  I didn’t stop working for our community in 2014.  I’ve spent the past two years talking with families in our district about their needs and the challenges we face.”

Shaw is the son of the late Leander J. Shaw Jr., the state’s first black chief justice, who died in December.

Shaw was named by former Governor Charlie Crist to serve as the state’s Insurance Consumer Advocate from November 2008 through September 2010. He is also the founder of Policyholders of Florida, a group focused on campaigning against unfair property insurance hikes on Florida families.

Shaw was the early favorite in the HD 61 race in 2014 to succeed Betty Reed. He had the endorsements of name Democrats like Crist and Alex Sink but suffered from the charge by Narain supporters that he wasn’t a local, having relocated from Tallahassee.

That was two years ago, however. He’s since become part of the Seminole Heights community.

HD 61 encompasses downtown Tampa, Ybor City and Seminole Heights.

Mitch Perry has been a reporter with Extensive Enterprises since November of 2014. Previously, he served as five years as the political editor of the alternative newsweekly Creative Loafing. He also was the assistant news director with WMNF 88.5 FM in Tampa from 2000-2009, and currently hosts MidPoint, a weekly talk show, on WMNF on Thursday afternoons. He began his reporting career at KPFA radio in Berkeley. He's a San Francisco native who has now lived in Tampa for 15 years and can be reached at

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