Fred Costello

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Fred Costello
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Florida House Of Representatives District 26
Former member
In office
November 16, 2010 - November 16, 2012
Base salary$29,697/year
Per diem$133/per day
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Term limits4 terms (8 years)
Bachelor'sGraceland University (1970)
OtherD.D.S., University of Iowa (1974)
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Air Force
Years of service1974 - 1977
Date of birthFebruary 9, 1950
Place of birthOrlando, Florida
Office website
Campaign website
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Fred Costello (b. February 9, 1950) was a Republican member of the Florida House of Representatives. He represented District 26 from 2010 to 2012.

Costello was a 2012 Republican candidate seeking election to the U.S. House representing the 6th Congressional District of Florida. Costello was defeated by Ron DeSantis in the Republican primary on August 14, 2012.[1]


Costello was born and raised in Orlando, Florida.[2] He earned his D.D.S. from the University of Iowa and his B.S. from Graceland University.[2]


Costello is a dentist in the town of Ormond Beach, Florida. He previously served as a captain in the U.S. Air Force from 1974 to 1977.[2]

Costello was a Captain in U.S. Air Force from 1974-1977.[2]

Committee assignments


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Costello served on these committees:

  • Finance & Tax
  • Subcommittee on Community and Military Affairs
  • Subcommittee on Government Operations (Appropriations)
  • Subcommittee on Health and Human Services Access



See also: Florida's 6th congressional district elections, 2012

Costello ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Florida's 6th District. Costello sought the nomination on the Republican ticket.[3] The primary elections were held on August 14, 2012. Costello was defeated by Ron DeSantis in the Republican primary on August 14, 2012.[1]

Primary results

The primary took place on August 14.[4]

Republican Primary
Florida's 6th Congressional District Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngRon Desantis 38.8% 24,132
Fred Costello 22.8% 14,189
Beverly Slough 13.2% 8,229
Craig Miller 13.1% 8,113
Richard Clark 9.8% 6,090
Alec Pueschal 1.2% 739
William Billy Kogut 1% 628
Total Votes 62,120


See also: Florida House of Representatives elections, 2010

Costello won election, defeating Timothy Huth (D) in the November 2 general election.[5]

Florida House of Representatives, District 26
2010 General election results
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png 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.[6]

Florida House of Representatives, District 26 - Republican Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Fred Costello 7,341 49.96%
Nathan McDonell 4,042 27.51%
Vince Champion 3,312 22.54%

Campaign donors


Costello raised $282,769 in contributions for his 2010 campaign as of July 8, 2011.[7] However, only 12 out of his 13 campaign finance reports have been filed.

His largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Florida Republican Party $41,585
Florida Institute of CPAS $3,000
Florida Chamber of Commerce $3,000
Metra Electronics $1,500
Highlander Corp $1,500

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Costello and his wife Linda Gail Ditzig have three children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Pat Patterson
Florida House of Representatives District 26
Succeeded by
Dwayne L. Taylor (D)