Tampa firefighters union endorses Democrat Sean Shaw for HD 61

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Sean Shaw received the endorsement of Tampa Firefighter’s Union No. 754 in his bid for Florida House District 61.

The Tampa attorney is running for the House seat held by Rep. Betty Reed, who faces term limits after the 2014 session. He faces Tatiana Denson, Sharon Carter and Ed Narain in the heavily Democratic community that includes Seminole Heights, East Tampa, Ybor City and parts of West Tampa.

“Sean has demonstrated his commitment to serving the entire Tampa community, but specifically making sure that city and state employees and first responders will be treated with fairness and courtesy,” Local President M.G. Costello said in a statement. “Tampa depends on our fire fighters. They need to know they can depend on us as a community. And Sean Shaw is the best choice to represent ALL Tampa families, businesses, and groups in Tallahassee.”

In 2008, Shaw was appointed the Florida Insurance Consumer Advocate, responsible for fifteen state employees who protect Floridians on insurance matters. Shaw currently works at the Merlin Law Group, as well as the founder of Policyholders of Florida, a statewide coalition of consumer advocates.

According to his website – www.shawforflorida.com  – Shaw’s plan focuses on “leveling the playing field” by eliminating voter suppression, improving access to healthcare for seniors and promoting the safety of residents in HD 61.

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