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Fasano opponent drops from tax collector's race

Pasco County Tax Collector Mike Fasano is now unopposed for re-election.

Tuesday morning, Marisol B. Rodriguez provided a hand-written note to the Pasco Supervisor of Elections Office stating her desire to withdraw from the race.

“I haven’t been getting a lot of support that I had hoped for,’’ Rodriguez said Tuesday evening. “It’s mainly because who I’m running against, which is fine. My opponent, Mike Fasano, is beloved in Pasco.’’

Rodriguez, 28, a seasonal tax professional at H&R Block, filed her preliminary candidacy papers in February as a non-partisan candidate. Less than three weeks later, she switched to run as a Democrat.

A mother of two children, she said in February that her interest in the financial industry and the lack of candidates for the tax collector’s job drew her to the race. Her campaign had been self-financed and included her own cash and in-kind contributions totaling $1,833.

Rodriguez said her job as a tax professional is seasonal and she is no longer working now that April 15 has passed. “I had to withdraw to try to find some other income until tax season comes again,’’ she said.

Gov. Rick Scott appointed Fasano, a Republican, to the tax collector’s post in 2013 following the death of longtime Tax Collector Mike Olson. Fasano ran unopposed in 2014 to complete the remaining two years of Olson’s term and now is seeking a full four-year term.


[Last modified: Tuesday, May 10, 2016 6:17pm]


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