Mark Danish defeats Z.J. Hafeez in Democratic primary for House District 63


In the Democratic primary for state House District 63, veteran teacher Mark Danish defeated attorney Z.J. Hafeez, setting up a battle in the fall with Republican Shawn Harrison in the new Democratic-leaning district.

“I am honored to be the Democratic nominee for state House District 63,” Danish said. “We were outspent drastically in this election. It is seldom that hard work and people power defeats big money.”

Danish, a seventh-grade science teacher at Benito Middle School, promised to take  the excitement from the primary win into the general election.

The new district encompasses Lutz, New Tampa and parts of Carrollwood, Northdale, North Tampa, Thonotosassa and the University Area.



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