Karen Castor Dentel

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Karen Castor Dentel
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Florida House of Representatives, District 30
Incumbent
In office
November 20, 2012 - present
Term ends
Novemebr 18, 2014
Years in position 2
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$29,697/year
Per diem$129/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 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
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Karen Castor Dentel is a Democratic member of the Florida House of Representatives, representing District 30. She was first elected to the chamber in 2012.

Biography

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.[1][2]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Issues

Campaign themes

2012

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

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...."

Elections

2014

See also: Florida House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Florida House of Representatives will consist of a primary election on August 26, 2014, and a general election on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was June 20, 2014. Incumbent Karen Castor Dentel is unopposed in the Democratic primary, while Bob Cortes and Scott Sturgill will face off in the Republican primary.[4]

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.[5]

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.[6]

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:[7]

  • 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

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–present
Succeeded by
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