Karen Castor Dentel
|Karen Castor Dentel|
|Florida House of Representatives, District 30|
|November 20, 2012 - present|
|Novemebr 18, 2014|
|Years in position||2|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|First elected||November 6, 2012|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|High school||Chamberlain Senior High School, 1986|
|Bachelor's||Vanderbilt University, 1990|
|Master's||The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1993|
|Ph.D.||University of Florida, 2001|
|Place of birth||Tampa, Florida|
Castor Dentel earned her bachelor's degree 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.
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Dentel served on no standing committees.
Castor Dentel's website highlighted the following campaign themes:
Innovation: "Karen knows that the key to moving Central Florida’s economy forward is through encouraging more innovation. Central Florida is recognized as a leader in energy and medical research with opportunities for growth.... Karen will also work to maximize the public-private partnerships at the energy research hub at the University of Central Florida. She will support our universities and community colleges through investments in research and cutting-edge innovation."
Infrastructure: ."..Central Florida is geographically situated to be a major gateway for the Eastern U.S. if we invest in our ports and take advantage of the widening of the Panama Canal. Expanding and dredging the Port of Tampa and Port Canaveral will make it easier for our high-tech manufacturing sector to thrive."
Workforce development: ."..Having a well-trained work force in Central Florida will attract businesses that bring high-tech high-wage jobs to the area."
Women's health: "Karen believes that decisions on women’s health should be made between a woman, her family and her doctor – not politicians in Tallahassee...."
Education: "Strengthening the middle class starts with investing in our public schools...."
Middle class: "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. The government must stop giving away handouts to special interests...."
Health care: "Karen supports the expansion of Medicaid that will provide health care to those that need it the most while saving taxpayer dollars...."
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.
|Florida House of Representatives, District 30, General Election, 2012|
|Democratic||Karen Castor Dentel||53.1%||36,475|
|Republican||Scott Plakon Incumbent||46.9%||32,232|
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.
|Karen Castor Dentel's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||Florida State House, District 30||$253,274|
|Grand Total Raised||$253,274|
2012Castor 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|
In 2012, Dentel's endorsements included the following:
- 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
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.
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- Office website
- Campaign website
- Profile from Open States
- Campaign Facebook page
- Twitter feed
- Campaign Contributions: 2012
- Karen Castor Dentel, "About Karen," retrieved October 29, 2012
- Karen Dentel for State Representative Facebook Page "Info" Accessed October 23, 2012
- Karen Castor Dentel, "Issues," November 3, 2012
- Florida Secretary of State Elections Division "Candidate List" Accessed June 14, 2012
- followthemoney.org, "Dentel, Karen Castor," accessed May 28, 2013
- Vote Karen 2012, "Endorsements," accessed October 23, 2012
Ritch Workman (R)
|Florida House of Representatives District 30
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