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Shawn Harrison is backing Jim Davison in Tampa City Council runoff

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Shawn Harrison, a former Tampa Council member representing District 7 who was re-elected to the Florida House last week, is backing Jim Davison in the District 7 runoff election next month.

Davison will face Luis Veira in the special election runoff for the Tampa City Council seat on December 6.

“Luis is a good man but Jim has been a stalwart champion for New Tampa for 20 years,” Harrison wrote on his Facebook page on Wednesday. “He is well known in the community. His politics match the district well. He understands transportation issues.”

Harrison represented District 7 on the Council from 1999-2007. Like Davison, he is a Republican, as was Joe Caetano, who succeeded Harrison in the seat from 2007-2011.

Democrat Lisa Montelione defeated Caetano in 2011. She stepped down from the seat last month to run against Harrison, but fell short in the race for House District 63.

Harrison supported Avis Harrison (no relation) in last week’s election, an endorsement that had disappointed Davison. But he said that with it being a binary choice now, he was clearly behind Davison.

“I hope this will not be the last time I get a chance to support Avis for public office,” Harrison writes. “But now there are two choices and for me that choice is clear. I urge all of my friends, neighbors and District 63 constituents to vote for Dr. Jim Davison on December 6.”




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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