Shawn Harrison to seek rematch against Mark Danish in House District 63

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Republican Shawn Harrison wants his old job back.

The former State Representative is filing paperwork this week in order to challenge Democrat Mark Danish in House District 63, which includes Lutz, New Tampa, Seminole Heights, Town ‘N Country, and Ybor City. Danish unseated Harrison in 2012, narrowly winning a tight race that was not decided until the results from the last-to-report precinct were tabulated. Danish ended up winning by 600 votes.

Harrison, however, is nothing if not politically resilient. After the Tampa attorney, lost his seat on the City Council to Mary Mulhern, Harrison rebounded to win his race for the State House in 2010.

Accelerating Harrison’s plans to challenge Danish is the middle school science teacher’s vote against what Harrison describes as the largest funding increase in per-pupil education spending in state history.



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