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Fasano files for state House seat
Posted Apr 3, 2012 by William March
Updated Apr 3, 2012 at 10:35 AM
State Sen. Mike Fasano isn’t ready to leave elective office despite facing a term limit in the Senate—so he’s filed to return to the state House.
Fasano will run for the new District 36 seat that covers most of West Pasco County.
The role may carry nostalgia for Fasano—he began his career serving in the state House from West Pasco from 1994-2002.
He had hoped to run for Congress, but under the new redistricting plan, would have been forced to run against Gus Bilirakis, R-Palm Harbor, whose new district covers Pasco County. Fasano would have preferred to run against freshman Richard Nugent, R-Brooksville.
In a news release, Fasano said he “has ... become the voice of consumers everywhere as he has fought against unaffordable utility rate hikes and insurance premium increases,” and worked for protections for the elderly and Alzheimer’s patients.
Fasano has also acquired a reputation as something of a maverick within the state party, remaining allied with former Gov. Charlie Crist in the 2010 Senate race after Crist left the GOP to run as an independent.
In the last legislative session, Fasano got bumped from his criminal justice committee chairmanship after he opposed a Republican plan to private state prisons.