Karen Castor Dentel

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Karen Castor Dentel
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Florida House of Representatives, District 30
Former member
In office
2012 - 2014
PartyDemocratic
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
High schoolChamberlain Senior High School, 1986
Bachelor'sVanderbilt University, 1990
Master'sThe University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1993
Ph.D.University of Florida, 2001
Personal
Place of birthTampa, Florida
Websites
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Karen Castor Dentel is a former Democratic member of the Florida House of Representatives, representing District 30 from 2012 to 2014.

Biography

Castor Dentel earned her B.S. in Elementary Education from Vanderbilt University in 1990, her M.E. in Literacy Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1993 and her Ph.D. in Curriculum & Instruction and Educational Leadership from the University of Florida in 2001. Her professional experience includes working as an elementary school teacher.[1][2]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Dentel served on no standing committees.

Issues

Campaign themes

2014

Dentel's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[3]

Fighting for Middle Class Families

  • Excerpt: "Karen believes that it is time for Tallahassee to put the focus back on the middle class. That means tax fairness and helping our small businesses here at home."

Education

  • Excerpt: "Strengthening the middle class starts with investing in our public schools."

Health Care

  • Excerpt: "Karen supports expanding affordable healthcare to 1 million uninsured Floridians."

Women’s Health

  • Excerpt: "Karen believes that decisions about women’s health should be made between a woman, her family and her doctor – not politicians in Tallahassee."

Infrastructure

  • Excerpt: "Infrastructure investments create jobs and increase the quality of life for our community."

Elections

2014

See also: Florida House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Florida House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election took place on August 26, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was June 20, 2014. Incumbent Karen Castor Dentel was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while Bob Cortes defeated Scott Sturgill in the Republican primary. Cortes defeated Dentel in the general election.[4][5]

Florida House of Representatives, District 30 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngBob Cortes 56.8% 5,123
Scott Sturgill 43.2% 3,902
Total Votes 9,025

2012

See also: Florida House of Representatives elections, 2012

Castor Dentel won election in the 2012 election for Florida House of Representatives District 30. Dentel defeated unopposed in the Democratic primary on August 14, 2012, and defeated incumbent Scott Plakon (R) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[6]

Florida House of Representatives, District 30, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngKaren Castor Dentel 53.1% 36,475
     Republican Scott Plakon Incumbent 46.9% 32,232
Total Votes 68,707

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Castor Dentel is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Castor Dentel raised a total of $253,274 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 28, 2013.[7]

Karen Castor Dentel's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Florida State House, District 30 Won $253,274
Grand Total Raised $253,274

2012

Castor Dentel won election to the Florida House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Castor Dentel raised a total of $253,274.
Florida House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Karen Castor Dentel's campaign in 2012
Florida Democratic Party$70,295
Dentel, Karen Castor$1,775
Zelman, Andrea Ellen$1,000
Florida Education Association$1,000
Clay Educational Staff Professional Association$1,000
Total Raised in 2012$253,274
Source:Follow the Money

Endorsements

2012

In 2012, Dentel's endorsements included the following:[8]

  • Orlando Sentinel
  • The Florida Professional Fire Fighters
  • Orange County Firefighters
  • Orlando Firefighters
  • Florida Education Association (FEA)
  • Seminole Education Association
  • Orange County Classroom Teachers Association
  • Florida Nurses Association - Orlando, FL
  • Equality Florida
  • Florida Fraternal Order of Police
  • Florida Alliance for Retired Americans

Scorecards

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2014

In 2014, the Florida State Legislature was in session from March 3 through May 5.[9]

Legislators are scored on their stances on "Economic Freedom issues."
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills listed under the FCoC's "Florida's Business Agenda."[10]
Legislators are scored on their stances on "long term care issues."
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills related to public safety and law enforcement officials.
Legislators are scored on their stances on marijuana.
Legislators are scored on a group of bills that LFN selects as a "cross-section of legislation."

2013

In 2013, the Florida State Legislature was in session from March 5 through May 3.[11]

Legislators are scored on their stances on civil liberty issues.
Legislators are scored on their stances on "Economic Freedom issues."
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills listed under the FCoC's "Florida's Business Agenda."[12]
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills related to public safety and law enforcement officials.
Legislators are scored on their stance on fracking.

Personal

Dentel and her husband, Eric, have two children. Her mother, Betty Castor, was a member of the Florida State Senate. Her father, Don Castor, was a judge in Hillsborough County, and her brother, Frank Castor, was elected to the bench in Palm Beach County in 2006.[1]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Ritch Workman (R)
Florida House of Representatives District 30
2012–2014
Succeeded by
Bob Cortes (R)