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More endorsements announced in HD 61 race


Published:   |   Updated: August 7, 2014 at 04:53 PM

The battle of endorsements between the two leading candidates in the Florida House District 61 Democratic primary keeps getting hotter.

This Thursday, Sean Shaw dropped the news that state Sen. Arthenia Joyner, D-Tampa, had given him her approval.

“I’m often asked to endorse candidates, but this time I volunteered,” Joyner said in a news release sent out by the Shaw campaign.

“... Sean looks you in the eye, tells you the truth, and always does what he says he’s going to do. He’s one of us. He believes in us. I believe in him,” she added.

On Friday, Ed Narain responded in kind with his announcement that several community leaders were backing him.

They include former state senator and representative Jim Hargrett, past City Council chair Gwen Miller and county commissioner and former state lawmaker Les Miller.

“To have earned the support of the people that have served and continue serving our district is a humbling honor,” Narain said in an email.

The District 61 seat now is held by Democrat Betty Reed, first elected in 2006 and facing term limits.

Her heavily Democratic district includes East Tampa, Seminole Heights, West Tampa and Ybor City. No Republicans qualified for the seat.

Shaw and Narain face two other Democrats in the Aug. 26 primary.

Though the winner of that contest faces a write-in candidate in November, no write-in has won elected office in the state.

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