TAMPA, Fla. – Will it be third time’s the charm for the incumbent U.S. Representative Kathy Castor in the upcoming primary election on Aug. 24? If she succeeds, will she beat the Republican nominee on Nov. 2 in the general election? There are a lot of candidates who want to represent Florida’s 11th Congressional District in the House. This coveted district comprises of Tampa, St. Petersburg and other parts of Hillsborough, Pinellas and Manatee counties.
Rep. Castor, a Democrat, has one opponent in her own party. There are four Republican candidates anxious to be the new Congressman. One of those candidates has run against Castor in 2006 and 2008 as the Republican Party nominee. Will he strike gold or strike out? Find out the key issues that are the most important for this congressional district, plus get to know the incumbent and other candidates. Finally, we’ll learn who has the best chance of either returning or moving to Washington, DC.
Key Issues in the 11th District:
Economic Recovery & Create Jobs – Without question the one most candidates agreed upon are jobs and a quick economic recovery. That is a campaign issue not exclusive to this district, but all over the nation. Some are advocating job creation within small businesses to Wall Street Reform, Free Market system, lower taxes and reduce regulation
Offshore Drilling within Florida Beaches/Energy – It’s a huge concern now in light of the BP oil spill in the Gulf. One prevalent issue in many statewide campaigns is offshore drilling near the Florida beaches. There’s the issue of protecting the environment and looking into alternative ways of energy such as solar, wind, hydro and other natural sources. However, some candidates still support offshore drilling and fossil fuel.
Military/Veterans – Some of the candidates have served in the military or are in the US Air Force Reserves. MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa is the Central Command headquarters. There are a lot of active and retired military along with veterans in the congressional district.
Candidates Bios & Campaign Issues:
Rep. Kathy Castor
Prior to her first run for U.S. Congress in 2006 she served on the Hillsborough County Board of Commissioners from 2002 to 2006. Born in Miami, but raised in Tampa, she is passionate about the environment. Castor is against offshore drilling along the Florida beaches, supports Wall Street Reform holding them accountable as well as making sure Veterans, Medicare and Social Security benefits are not undermined.
He is the lone Democratic opponent to Kathy Castor. Curtis is a retired US Marine Corp Chief Warrant Officer and a businessman. His slogan is “Constitutional Democrat for Congress”. He believes in the tenets of the Constitution that limit the Federal Government’s power. The main issues he believes in is creation of jobs, more economic freedom and tax credits to businesses, new energy sources and affordable healthcare.
Eddie Adams, Jr.
In 2006 and 2008 he was the Republican nominee running against Castor. He is the owner of Adams & Associates Residential Design. Adams’ issues are for offshore drilling, limited government, Free Market system and strong national security.
Here’s another Republican candidate who’s running in the upcoming primary in August. Buntyn is a businessman who’s also in the US Air Force Reserves. His two children attend public schools, so his issues are education, in addition to balancing the budget. Most importantly he ‘s for creating jobs and revitalizing the economy.
Thomas C. Castellano
A native of Tampa who switched to the Republican Party grew up in West Tampa. He founded Castellano Brother’s Air Conditioning and Heating 27 years ago. The issues Castellano believes in are balance the budget, repeal the health care bill and eliminate wasteful government spending.
The final Republican candidate retired from the military in 2009. Prendergast is even endorsed by Congresswoman Ginny Brown-Waite. He’s committed to job creation, the economy, tax reform and education.
D.C. Report Card Results:
According to this independent report based on predictions from political scientists, noted political sources and the Florida media Representative Kathy Castor is safe and very likely to be re-elected for a third term. She won the last election by 71.7% in 2008.
Representative Kathy Castor, U.S. House of Representatives
Project Vote Smart, U.S. Congress Candidates for Florida, Vote Smart
Florida Congressional and Statewide Races, D.C.’s Political Report