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Tampa Firefighters union backs Sean Shaw in HD 61 race

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Tampa attorney Sean Shaw, running for the House District 61 seat based in Tampa, has received the endorsement of Tampa Firefighters Local 754.

“Our first responders put their lives on the line every day,” Shaw said in a statement released on Wednesday. “To have the support of our Tampa Firefighters is truly humbling. I’m honored to accept their endorsement.”

Sean is the early favorite in the battle to succeed departing Democratic incumbent Ed Narain, who defeated Shaw for the seat back in 2014. He’s raised more than $41,000, far more than his two other opponents in the race, Dianne Hart and Walter Smith.

“In Tallahassee, I’ll fight to make sure our first responders have the tools to keep our neighborhoods safe,” Shaw said. “I share their dedication to service and our community.”

Shaw is the son of the late Leander J. Shaw Jr., the state’s first black chief justice, who died in December. He was picked by former Gov. Charlie Crist to serve as the state’s Insurance Consumer Advocate from November 2008 through September 2010. He is also the founder of Policyholders of Florida, a group focused on campaigning against unfair property insurance increases on Florida families.

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

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