Karen Skyers gets Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus nod for HD 61

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Ex-lobbyist and public defender Karen Skyers has added another endorsement to her campaign to replace state Rep. Sean Shaw in House District 61.

The Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus announced its support of Skyers in the four-way Democratic primary to be held on Tuesday, Aug. 28.

The move is no real surprise, as Skyers received the endorsement of the Hillsborough County LGBTA Democratic Caucus earlier this month.

“We are proud to support your campaign’s efforts to further the cause of equality for LGBT Floridians,” said Terry Fleming, president of the Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus.

Skyers has also already been endorsed by Shaw, who entered the race for Attorney General. She’s also maintained a fundraising lead as the primary race comes to a close.

“I am ecstatic to have received an endorsement from the Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus,” Skyers said.

“Supporting issues of equality and fairness are imperative. I will do what it takes to ensure that the rights of our brothers and sisters are not infringed upon.”

Skyers will face off against Sharon CarterDianne Hart and Norman Harris in Tuesday’s primary. HD 61 covers downtown Tampa, Ybor City and Seminole Heights.

The victor is virtually certain to take a seat in the Capitol: No Republicans qualified, meaning Tuesday’s winner faces only a write-in candidate in November. No write-in candidate has ever won elected office in the Sunshine State.

Ryan Nicol

Ryan Nicol covers news out of South Florida for Florida Politics. Ryan is a native Floridian who attended undergrad at Nova Southeastern University before moving on to law school at Florida State. After graduating with a law degree he moved into the news industry, working in TV News as a writer and producer, along with some freelance writing work. If you'd like to contact him, send an email to [email protected]


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