Tampa faith community joins in support of Sean Shaw for HD 61

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Members of Tampa’s faith community issued a group endorsement on Wednesday supporting Sean Shaw for State House District 61.

Among those supporting Shaw are Rev. W.D. Sims (St. Matthew Missionary Baptist Church), Bishop Michelle B. Patty, Rev. Timothy Kemp (Peace Progressive Primitive Baptist Church), Rev. Albert Gallmon (Peace Progressive Missionary Baptist Church), Rev. Charles Mckenzie Jr., Pastor Essie Sims, and Pastor Antonio Hawkins (Exciting Faith Alive Church).

“Sean Shaw is a good man. A man of faith. A man of good works,” said Bishop Patty. “He’s a committed community activist, a loving husband, a pillar of this community, and we could not be prouder to support someone of his character and commitment.”

“He believes in Tampa. And no one will work harder for Tampa families or business owners than Sean Shaw. Tampa needs Sean Shaw.”

Shaw attended Princeton University prior to earning his law degree from the University of Florida. He is also the son of Leander J. Shaw, Jr., the first African-American Chief Justice of the Florida Supreme Court, and homemaker Vidya Shaw.

In 2008, then-Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink appointed Shaw to be Florida Insurance Consumer Advocate, overseeing fifteen state employees to protect Floridians on insurance matters. Shaw currently works at the Merlin Law Group and is the founder of Policyholders of Florida, a statewide coalition of consumer advocates.

Shaw and his wife Tami are members of St. Johns Progressive Missionary Baptist Church, the Saturday Morning Breakfast Group, the East Tampa Community Revitalization Partnership’s Aesthetics and Beautification Sub-Committee and is a life member of the NAACP.

Sean Shaw also serves as mentors for the George Edgecomb Bar Association and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay, and volunteers for CDC of Tampa, United Way of Tampa, Children with a Vision, the Florida Consumer Action Network, Hillsborough County Concerned Citizens Coalition, Fruit of Love Ministries, and Meals on Wheels, Men of Vision, among others.

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