Former State Rep. Shawn Harrison became the first candidate in the House District 63 race to qualify to be on November’s ballot through signed petitions.
Harrison’s goal was to assemble enough community voter signatures for eligibility by the start of the 2014 session, which began yesterday.
In an email to supporters, Harrison — who once again faces Democrat Rep. Mark Danish — thanked supporters and volunteers for “picking up the last petition cards needed.” First elected to the House in 2010, Harrison served only one term, losing to Danish in 2012.
The required number of petition signatures for the seat covering parts of north Hillsborough County is 960, and according to the Florida Division of Elections website, Harrison had 682 verified signatures as of February 24.
“Thank you for taking the time to learn about our campaign,” Harrison says. “As a USF graduate and 30 year resident of the district, I am humbled to have such deep and strong support from our neighborhoods in North Hillsborough.”
“Together we’re taking this seat back,” he adds.