Mike Fasano announces campaign for Florida House

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Senator Mike Fasano is telling longtime supporters he will file to run for the Florida House today.  He intends to seek the District 36 seat currently held by the term-limited John Legg.

Update – 9:28 a.m. – Here’s the official release:

“I have been blessed to be the voice of people who call Pasco home,” Senator Mike Fasano states.  “Serving the public has become one of the most important parts of my life.  With the help of my constituents I hope to return to my roots as a member of the Florida House of Representatives.  If I am allowed the opportunity to serve in Tallahassee, I will continue tackling the issues that are most important to our community.”

Mike Fasano has filed the necessary paperwork to be a candidate for the newly created House District 36 seat.  The House reapportionment plan was approved by the Florida Supreme Court last month.  The new seat encompasses large portions of West Pasco County.

During his tenure as a legislator Senator Mike Fasano has become a statewide leader in the fight against prescription drug abuse and pill mills.  He successfully sponsored legislation that has cracked down on the unscrupulous operators of pill mills that prey on those in addiction or who provide drugs to those who then sell them on the streets.  Senator Mike Fasano has also become the voice of consumers everywhere as he has fought against unaffordable utility rate hikes and insurance premium increases.

Senator Mike Fasano is also a recognized leader for his sponsorship of legislation that created a program in Florida that gave consumers a greater voice in the acquisition of their long-term care needs and ability to purchase less expensive generic prescriptions.  Additionally, he successfully passed the nation’s first law that requires specialized staffing and training requirements for adult daycare centers that cater to Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia-related disorder patients.

Senator Fasano lead the effort to bring a state veterans nursing home to Pasco County.   He spearheaded the effort to build a regional hurricane shelter in Pasco.  He championed the repeal of Florida’s intangible tax.  He served in various leadership positions during his 18-year legislative career including House Majority Leader and Senate President Pro-Tempore.

“There is still much that needs to be done in Florida to bring greater protections to our most vulnerable,” Senator Mike Fasano states.  “Our elderly, those on fixed incomes, working families and owners of small businesses struggling to make ends meet all need someone who is not afraid to stand up to the special interests in Tallahassee.  If the people of Pasco County will allow me to continue representing them I will work tirelessly on their behalf.”

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.