Trey Stroud qualifies for District 60 race by petition
Sure, Tampa Republican Shawn Harrison has a parade of state lawmakers backing his run for the District 60 state House seat and has raised nearly four times as much money as his strongest Republican primary opponent, Trey Stroud. But unlike Harrison, Stroud has already qualified for the race and he did it by petition. In a news release, Stroud says he was the first state House or Senate candidate in Hillsborough County and the fourth in the state to submit the signatures necessary to get his name on the ballot. He credits his volunteer team of 120 people he calls "Trey's Troopers" with knocking on 4,000 doors in District 60 since April to collect the 929 certified signatures.
Harrison knows a thing or two about losing a campaign to a strong ground game even when you have big money. That's what happened to him in 2007, when he lost a Tampa City Council race to Mary Mulhern despite raising more than $210,000 for his campaign. Mulhern beat him with only $47,000 to work with.
Janet Zink, Times Staff Writer