|Florida House of Representatives, District 25|
|November 18, 2014 - Present|
|November 14, 2016|
|Years in position||1|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 4, 2014|
|First elected||November 4, 2014|
|Next general||November 8, 2016|
|Term limits||4 terms (8 years)|
|Florida House of Representatives|
|Bachelor's||Graceland University (1970)|
|Other||D.D.S., University of Iowa (1974)|
|Service/branch||United States Air Force|
|Years of service||1974 - 1977|
|Date of birth||February 9, 1950|
|Place of birth||Orlando, Florida|
Costello was born and raised in Orlando, Florida. He earned his B.S. from Graceland University and his D.D.S. from the University of Iowa. His professional experience includes working as a dentist. He served as a Captain in the U.S. Air Force from 1974 to 1977.
2015 legislative session
At the beginning of the 2015 legislative session, Costello served on the following committees:
|Florida Committee Assignments, 2015|
|• Health & Human Services|
|• Rules, Calendar & Ethics|
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Costello served on these committees:
|Florida Committee Assignments, 2011|
|• Finance & Tax|
Costello's website highlighted the following campaign themes:
- Excerpt: "I support revenue neutral tax reform. We must restore equity in our Florida tax system so that all constituencies are equitably impacted by the balance between desired services and the resources required to provide those services."
Educational Reform, Funding and "Common Core"
- Excerpt: "I support parent directed education reform including school choice (public, charter, private, parochial, religious, digital and/or home schools) with the education funding (whether called a voucher or scholarship or …) following the student."
Economic Development / Jobs
- Excerpt: "I support initiatives to stimulate creation of living wage jobs including increased educational investment in career educational opportunities, reduced development and government regulations and targeted tax rebates and other incentives with claw/pay back requirements if job creation projections aren't met."
Health Care Reform
- Excerpt: "ObamaCare is unconstitutional. It must be repealed. I support enhanced access to healthcare for Florida students through age 18."
- Excerpt: "I support transparency and increased accountability at all levels of government, specifically to include elimination of unfunded mandates and cost shifts from one government to another."
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. Noel Cheryl Bickford was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while Fred Costello was unopposed in the Republican primary. Costello defeated Bickford in the general election.
Costello ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Florida's 6th District. Costello sought the nomination on the Republican ticket. The primary elections were held on August 14, 2012. Costello was defeated by Ron DeSantis in the Republican primary on August 14, 2012.
| Florida House of Representatives, District 26 |
2010 General election results
|Fred Costello (R)||34,369||60.48%|
|Timothy Huth (D)||22,460||39.52%|
Costello defeated Vince Champion and Nathan Daniel McDonell in the August 24 primary.
|Florida House of Representatives, District 26 - Republican Primary (2010)|
Costello raised $282,769 in contributions for his 2010 campaign as of July 8, 2011. However, only 12 out of his 13 campaign finance reports have been filed.
His largest contributors were:
|Florida Republican Party||$41,585|
|Florida Institute of CPAS||$3,000|
|Florida Chamber of Commerce||$3,000|
In 2014, Costello's endorsements include the following:
- Florida Chamber of Commerce
- Florida Dental Association PAC
- Florida Medical Association PAC
- National Rifle Association - A Rating
- Alan Hays
- Kelli Stargel
- Larry Metz
- Matt Gaetz
- Keith Perry
- Tom Goodson
- Dennis Baxley
- Lake Ray
- Pat Rooney
- Mike Bileca
- Frank Artilles
- Jose Pepe Diaz
- Carlos Truijillo
- Doc Renuart
- Jason Bordeur
Costello and his wife, Linda Gail Ditzig, have three children.
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- Florida State Legislature
- Florida House of Representatives
- Florida House Committees
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- Profile from the Florida House of Representatives
- Official campaign website
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Legislative Profile from Project Vote Smart
- Fred Costello on Facebook
- Fred Costello on Twitter
- Campaign contributions: 2010
- AP Results, "U.S. House Results," accessed August 14, 2012
- Elect Fred Costello, "About Fred" accessed February 14, 2012
- electfredcostello.com, "Positions," accessed October 23, 2014
- Florida Division of Elections, "2014 Florida Election Watch - Multi-County or District Offices," accessed September 3, 2014
- Florida Division of Elections, "Candidate Listing for 2014 General Election," accessed June 23, 2014
- St. Augustine Record, "Mica to announce his district today" accessed February 13, 2012
- Florida Secretary of State, "August 2012 Primary Election," accessed September 4, 2012
- Florida Election Watch, "2010 Election results," accessed December 16, 2014
- Florida Election Watch, "August 24, 2010, State Representative primary results," August 24, 2010
- Follow the Money, "Fred Costello -- 2010 contributions," accessed July 8, 2011
- electfredcostello.com, "Endorsements," accessed October 23, 2014
Charles David Hood, Jr. (R)
|Florida House of Representatives District 25
| Succeeded by|
|Florida House of Representatives District 26
| Succeeded by|
Dwayne L. Taylor (D)
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