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Shawn Harrison kicks off HD 63 re-election bid at Tampa Theater June 29

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Republican state Rep. Shawn Harrison is holding a campaign kickoff party later this month to launch his re-election bid in House District 63. The event, hosted by House Majority 2016 and featuring special guest Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, is Thursday, June 29, beginning 5 p.m. at the historic Tampa Theater, 711 N. Franklin St. Included on the extensive list of local GOP leaders making the host committee are House Speaker Richard Corcoran from Land O’Lakes, and Speakers-to-be Jose Oliva and…

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Shawn Harrison slams Lisa Montelione in new TV ad in HD 63 race

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Shawn Harrison is hitting Lisa Montelione hard in the final days of their competitive House District 63 race. The ad begins as an homage of sorts to Montelione’s own television ad released last month, which depicted a commercial film set with a director, cameraman, technical crew — but no candidate. “Seen the Lisa Montelione commercial? You know, the one where she doesn’t show up,” asks the narrator at the beginning of Harrison’s ad, titled, “Where’s Lisa?” “Well, Montelione doesn’t show up as a Tampa City Councilwoman either,” as the…

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Shawn Harrison and Lisa Montelione clash on education issues at Tampa Tiger Bay Forum

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The House District 63 race between Republican incumbent Shawn Harrison and Democratic challenger Lisa Montelione is expected to be one of the most competitive in Florida this fall. The North Hillsborough County swing district — which includes much of New Tampa, Forest Hills, North Tampa and the USF community — has flipped back and forth over the past three election cycles, with Harrison taking it in 2010 and 2014, and Democrat Mark Danish winning it in 2012. At Friday’s Tiger Bay meeting, the two squared off for the first…

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Shawn Harrison holds wide fundraising lead in HD 63 race

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House District 63 GOP incumbent Shawn Harrison, always a strong fundraiser, continues to expand his fundraising lead over the Democrat he now knows he will face in November, Lisa Montelione. Fundraising totals from June 1 through June 24 were released on Friday, and they show that Harrison raised $9,400 during that period, while Montelione raised $6,360. Overall, Harrison has twice as much cash-on-hand as does Montelione : Harrison has more than $128,000, while Montelione has $63,931. Montelione current serves as the Tampa…

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Shawn Harrison brings in more than 20K in May in HD 63 race

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Republican state Rep. Shawn Harrison raised $20,550 in May in his bid for re-election to House District 63 and now has more than $123,000 cash-on-hand. Harrison was first elected to the Hillsborough County area seat in 2010, before losing in 2012 to Mark Danish. He defeated Danish in 2014. He’ll face the winner of the Democratic primary between Lisa Montelione and Mike Reedy, which takes place on Aug. 30. Neither Democrat has turned in their May fundraising totals as of late Friday morning. HD 63 encompasses Carrollwood, Lake…

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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.…

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Shawn Harrison killing it in fundraising so far in HD 63 race

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Fundraising totals for what should be the ultracompetitive House District 63 seat were reported on Monday, and so far GOP incumbent Shawn Harrison is dominating the financial arms race over the two Democrats who have entered the contest. Harrison, obviously primed for a serious challenge come November, has now raised over $100,000, in the race ($100,300 to be precise), including an impressive $31,700 in December, often considered to be a slow month for fundraising. “Thank you all for all of your help…

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