Tampa Trib offers key endorsement of Sean Shaw in HD 61 race

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Of the four Democratic candidates seeking to replace term-limited state Rep. Betty Reed in Tampa’s House District 61, the Tampa Tribune is endorsing attorney Sean Shaw.

HD 61 covers parts of East Tampa, Seminole Heights, West Tampa and Ybor City.

The Tribune calls Shaw, 36, is the candidate “best prepared to make an impact in Tallahassee.” He is the son of retired Florida Supreme Court Justice Leander J. Shaw Jr.

In 2008, then-Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink selected Shaw as Florida’s insurance consumer advocate appointed Shaw. Sink also endorses him. He later established Policyholders of Florida, a consumer insurance advocacy group.

Citizens need a stronger voice in Tallahassee to combat the influence of special interests, Shaw says.

“Tallahassee isn’t about fairness,” he told the Tribune. “I’m used to fighting the big guys.”

Although critics attempt to label Shaw a carpetbagger after his move to Hillsborough four years ago, the Tampa attorney appeared totally committed to the neighborhood, with a strong background of fighting for the public.

Shaw is dedicated to pushing economic development and understands the importance of infrastructure and transportation to generate investment and jobs. Public schools deserve more support, he says, and he believes in a greater emphasis on vocational schools.

According to the Tribune, the other candidate who would be useful in Tallahassee is Ed Narain, 37, an AT&T manager and community activist.

Narain vows to fight for additional funding for job training and thinks the state needs to refocus on public schools. He does not necessarily oppose charter schools, but he also believes they need more accountability. Like Shaw, Narain thinks Florida should accept federal funding for Medicaid expansion.

Narain appreciates the needs of business and the value of financial literacy. With extensive volunteer work, he has proven his commitment to the community

The Tribune has no doubt Narain would be an effective lawmaker. However, Shaw might be relatively new to the district, but he understands the needs of the area, and knowledge of how to fight for them in Tallahassee.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.