Betty Reed endorses Ed Narain
State Rep. Betty Reed, D-Tampa, has endorsed Ed Narain as her successor in House District 61.
Narain, an area manager for AT&T and former student body president at the University of South Florida, is running against three other candidates in the Democratic primary.
“I’m supporting Ed Narain to replace me because our concerns for the community are the same,” Reed said in a press release. “Ed has the community roots, the servant heart, and the fighting spirit to carry the torch for Tampa.”
Of the three other candidates, Sean Shaw, a Tallahassee native and son of retired Florida Supreme Court Justice Leander Shaw, is the strongest in terms of money and endorsements. Shaw’s supporters include state Sen. Arthenia Joyner, former Gov. Charlie Crist, former state chief financial officer Alex Sink, and state Reps. Janet Cruz and Mark Danish.
Reed’s endorsement of Narain joins those of other East Tampa leaders, including Hillsborough Commissioner Les Miller, former Tampa City Council member Gwen Miller, former state Sen. Jim Hargrett and former School Board member Doris Ross-Reddick.
“This endorsement by Representative Reed, as well as the support of so many other local leaders, means so much to me as a person and as a candidate,” Narain said. “I have always been motivated to improve my community, and to have the support, prayers, and encouragement of Representative Reed and others is a humbling honor.”
Narain and Shaw will go up against Tatiana Denson and Sharon Carter in the Democratic primary on Aug. 26. District 61 covers Tampa Heights, Seminole Heights and Temple Crest.