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Back to the Future: Fasano says he will seek return to the House



He's barred by state law from running for reelection to the Senate. Ambitions to go to Washington weren't in the cards. So, Mike Fasano, the longest serving legislator in Pasco, announced Tuesday he's aiming for a job that launched his career in public office — the Florida House of Representatives.

He filed paperwork Tuesday for the open House District 36 seat that includes much of West Pasco.

"I've always expressed a desire that if the people would allow me, I would be honored to serve," said Fasano, R-New Port Richey. " I'm not looking to stand out in any way. I'm not looking for a title."

His ambitions to run for Congress were sidetracked when new redistricting maps did not include a district linking Pasco and Hernando. Such a seat would have paved the way for Fasano to challenge freshman U.S. Rep. Richard Nugent, R-Brooksville. Instead, Pasco would be represented by Congressman Gus Bilirakis, R-Palm Harbor. Fasano declined to challenge him, calling him a friend.

Fasano said he would continue to focus on constituent services if he is elected to his old job. He said it was premature to talk about what committees he would want to serve on. He said he would leave that up to House Speaker-designate Will Weatherford, R-Wesley Chapel, whom he called a "dear friend."


[Last modified: Tuesday, April 3, 2012 9:59am]


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