SEIU endorses Sean Shaw in HD 61

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Service Employees International Union 1199, a branch of the largest and fastest growing union in Florida, is endorsing Sean Shaw in his bid for House District 61.

SEIU represents over 55,000 retired and active members statewide, with nearly 300 members in HD 61.

“As someone who has spent the past several years fighting hard for all of Florida’s working families – first as our state’s Consumer Advocate and now as a community attorney and activist – being endorsed by SEIU is humbling,” Shaw said in a statement Tuesday morning. “We’ve spent the past year and a half campaigning hard to get out our positive message and vision for a better Tampa for all families.”

In 2008, Shaw was appointed as Florida’s Insurance Consumer Advocate by then-CFO Alex Sink, where he managed fifteen dedicated state employees committed to protecting Floridians families and businesses on insurance matters. Shaw currently represents policyholders at the Merlin Law Group and is a public champion for policyholders as the founder of the Policyholders of Florida, a statewide consumer advocacy coalition.

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.

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