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Fischer aims to reclaim job in House

Margo Fischer wants her old job back.

She filed papers Thursday to run against state Rep. Frank Farkas, the Republican who narrowly beat her in last year's election.

Barring any primary defeats, the 2000 election will be the third time in six years Fischer and Farkas will vie for the District 52 seat.

They split their first two matchups: Fischer, a Democrat, won by about 1,700 votes in 1996. Farkas won by about 1,600 votes in 1998.

Fischer, the wife of St. Petersburg Mayor David Fischer, could not be reached for comment Thursday. The papers she filed Thursday allow her to raise campaign contributions. Farkas, a St. Petersburg chiropractor, has also filed.

In the last election, Farkas continually linked Fischer with her husband, who had run poorly in the parts of St. Petersburg that fall inside the district. The strategy to appeal to residents who were unhappy with Fischer and the St. Petersburg City Council may have helped Farkas, as did the Republican turnout in support of Jeb Bush's campaign for governor.

This time, however, the advantage or disadvantage of incumbency belongs to Farkas.

"I ran against her record and I expect she'll do the same with me," Farkas said. "I feel good about what we've done so far."

Nancy Whitman, chairwoman of the county's Democratic Party, said the "third time's the charm" for Fischer.

"We just did not get the vote out" in 1998, Whitman said. "If we get people out and they go to the polls, Margo Fischer will win that race."