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Shaw leads in fundraising for Tampa House seat

Candidate Sean Shaw has bounced back from last month, beating Ed Narain in monthly campaign fundraising as both run to replace term-limited state Rep. Betty Reed, a Democrat who represents part of Tampa.

For the period of March 1-31, Shaw raised $15,500 to Narain’s $8,360, Division of Elections records show.

Thursday was the deadline for March campaign finance reporting.

Narain had bested Shaw for February, $25,215 to $10,070.

Shaw’s total now stands at $159,719, while Narain’s is $80,831.

Narain, an area manager for AT&T, is running against Shaw, an attorney and former state insurance consumer advocate, to replace Reed, first elected in 2006.

The other two contenders for House District 61, Sharon Carter and Tatiana M. Denson, have a combined total of nearly $3,800.

They reported no fundraising for March, having filed waivers.

No Republicans have yet entered the race in the heavily Democratic district that includes East Tampa, Seminole Heights, West Tampa and Ybor City.