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    Military duty may cut short legislative bid

    ©Associated Press
    March 8, 2003

    TALLAHASSEE -- March 11 is shaping up to be a big day for a Melbourne real estate agent running for the Legislature.

    On that day, Richard Workman will compete in the Republican primary and he also expects to be called up as a lieutenant in the Florida National Guard.

    Workman, who is making his first bid for office, said he still wants voters to send him to the Legislature.

    "If elected, I ask for your patience while I fulfill my duty to our country," Workman said in a letter to voters. He is running against Thad Altman, a former Brevard County commissioner.

    State Rep. Carey Baker, a Eustis Republican and a first sergeant in the Guard, has already been deployed overseas.

    Workman is running for the House seat being vacated by Mike Haridopolos, another Melbourne Republican. Haridopolos resigned to run for the Senate seat left vacant by the death of Sen. Howard Futch.

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