House Speaker Will Weatherford has become the latest leading state Republican to endorse former Rep. Shawn Harrison in effort to retake state House District 63.
Harrison faces Democratic incumbent Rep. Mark Danish for the seat covering parts of north Hillsborough County. Harrison lost to Danish in 2012 after only one term in the House.
“Shawn Harrison’s commitment to his community is unmatched. Shawn is a successful small business owner who creates local jobs for his neighbors, Weatherford said on Monday. “Shawn is effective, having sponsored a successful constitutional amendment protecting the families of fallen first responders while only a freshman in the Florida House.
“District 63 deserves someone in Tallahassee who will fill a need, not just fill a seat. That person is Shawn Harrison.”
Harrison served as Chair of the Tampa Palms Community Development District from 1996-1998, helping the District achieve its first-ever balanced budget. In 1999, he was elected to the first of two terms on the Tampa City Council, as one of the youngest persons ever to serve on the Council, as well as the first successful candidate from New Tampa. He also served as Chair of the Hillsborough County Metropolitan Organization for Transportation from 2004-2007.
“When the Speaker and I served together, it was clear, every day, that few, if any, cared as much about Florida, her future, and her kids, than Speaker Weatherford,” Harrison responded. “His service is a model for anyone looking to make an impact on the future and I will continue to look to him for advice and support, well after Election Day.”
Weatherford, who is serving his final term in the House, joins the long list of Harrison’s GOP supporters, including Hillsborough County Commissioners Victor Crist, Sandy Murman, and Mark Sharpe, former Councilwoman Mary Alvarez and past Tampa Mayor Dick Greco, as well as State Sens. Bill Galvano and John Legg.