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Victor Crist and Gus Bilirakis endorse Jim Davison in Tampa City Council District 7 race

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As the special election for the Tampa City Council District 7 seat grows closer, more officials and organizations are getting involved in the campaign.

On Wednesday, ER physician Jim Davison announced he has received the backing of Pasco County area congressman Gus Bilirakis and Hillsborough County Commissioner Victor Crist.

“As a longtime resident of the North Tampa area, I endorse Dr. Jim Davison because our neighborhoods of North Tampa deserve ‘Action — Not Just Words’ from our city councilman,” said Crist. “I know Dr. Jim Davison will fight for what we deserve and our fair share of resources. He is an intelligent, compassionate, commonsense conservative who will fight for responsible government and our community needs.”

“Dr. Davison has been working on the issues that affect Tampa for over 20 years,” said Bilirakis. “Jim’s extensive knowledge of the community, through serving on Tampa’s transportation committee and the North Transportation Alliance, will have a positive impact on the needs of this community. As an ER physician for 23 years, Jim Davison has the responsive decision-making skills to get things done. His work experience and dedication will benefit not only District 7, but all of Tampa and the surrounding communities.”

Previously, Davison was endorsed by former District 7 councilman Joseph Caetano. All are Republicans, as is Davison. The race is nonpartisan.

District 7 has been represented by Republicans and Democrats in the recent past. Before Caetano’s election in 2007, Shawn Harrison held the seat. Harrison recently endorsed Avis Harrison (no relation) in the race. She is an independent.

Democrat Lisa Montelione was re-elected in 2015 to another four-year term, but will be stepping down soon as she attempts to defeat Shawn Harrison in the House District 63 race.

Davison is one of six candidates running in the Nov. 8 election.


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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