Tag: Florida House District 61

Mitch PerryAugust 8, 2016

The Democratic Progressive Caucus released a slate of endorsements Monday, including Tampa attorney Sean Shaw in the race to represent District 61 in the state House. “We’ve been working for months to spread my progressive message and share my plan to make sure Tallahassee is working for everyone,” Shaw said. “That means raising the minimum wage, expanding […]

Mitch PerryAugust 5, 2016

The three candidates running to succeed Ed Narain in the Tampa-based Florida House District 61 seat debated at the Tampa Tiger Bay Club on Friday. While the discourse was amiable, the emphasis on what is needed to improve the economic conditions in East Tampa were expressed with urgency. Small businesswoman and East Tampa activist Dianne Hart has been on a […]

Mitch PerryJuly 22, 2016

East Tampa activist Michelle Patty is upset about a campaign mailer she says infers she’s supporting a candidate that she’s not in the House District 61 race. On the backside of a just-issued mailer paid for by the Florida Retail Federation PAC, Patty is seen standing next to East Tampa businesswoman and activist Dianne Hart, who is running […]

Mitch PerryJuly 19, 2016

Tampa attorney Sean Shaw appears to be the consensus, establishment choice to take the House District 61 seat next month, and he received one of the most important endorsements of his campaign Tuesday when outgoing Senate Minority Leader Arthenia Joyner announced she is backing him. “Sean Shaw is the fighter we need in Tallahassee,” Sen. Joyner said in a statement. […]

Mitch PerryJuly 11, 2016

The race for House District 61 has been rather cordial to date between attorney Sean Shaw, activist and businesswoman Dianne Hart and environmental engineer Walter Smith. That’s a far cry from two years ago, when Shaw engaged in an intense battle with Ed Narain. Shaw accused Narain of being too Republican-friendly, while Narain and his supporters essentially called Shaw a carpetbagger, emphasizing […]

Mitch PerryJuly 7, 2016

Part of qualifying for political office in Florida requires completing a financial disclosure form, which includes listing specific assets and liabilities. In the Florida House District 61 race, however, at first glance, two of the three Democrats running for the seat appear to have filed incomplete reports. House District 61 encompasses downtown Tampa, Ybor City and Seminole […]


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