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Shawn Harrison raises more than $21,000 in HD 63 race in April

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Temple Terrace-based Republican Representative Shawn Harrison raised $21,270 in April, and has over $100,000 cash-in-hand in the House District 63 race.

Harrison is trying to defy the odds in this swing district in a presidential election year. The former two-term Tampa City Council member was first elected to the seat in 2010, but lost in the 2012 presidential election year to Democrat Mark Danish.

In 2014, with fewer Democrats going to the polls, Harrison was able to retake the seat in vanquishing Danish. Now in 2016 he will face the winner of the Lisa Montelione-Mike Reedy Democratic primary.

Montelione raised $19,490 in April, and has a total of more than $65,000, with $58,000 plus cash-on-hand.

Reedy raised just $1,110 in April, another disappointing fundraising month for him, following a March where he brought in just $2,110. He currently has just over $15,400 cash-on-hand.

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 mitch.perry@floridapolitics.com.

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