Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Castor returns to Congress with support from both sides of bay

TAMPA — Voters sent U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor back to Washington for a fourth term Tuesday, as she defeated GOP challenger and political newcomer Evelio "E.J." Otero.

Castor picked up an easy majority in hometown Hillsborough County, but won Pinellas County by an even greater margin.

"I'm very humbled by it," Castor said. "I have a wonderful team. We try to work day in and day out to be an advocate for the small business owners, for students and for veterans, who deserve the benefits they've earned.

"It's a great, diverse district. I'm very humbled by the support my neighbors across the bay area have given me."

District 14 includes parts of Tampa, St. Petersburg and coastal east Hillsborough County.

Otero, a retired Air Force colonel with 28 years of service, defeated Eddie Adams Jr. in the Republican primary. He was heartened mid-evening to see that he had won tens of thousands of votes.

"If the voters decide that Ms. Castor should continue to be in Congress, I bless her and wish her all the best," he said.

Castor said she respects Otero's service and shares his enthusiasm on matters of trade and Latin America.

Her priority for the coming term?

"Continue to fight for every job and every economic opportunity for this area," she said. "We've got to continue to do more."

Staff writer Patty Ryan can be reached at or (813) 226-3382.

Castor returns to Congress with support from both sides of bay 11/06/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 6, 2012 10:45pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Lakeland soldier, stationed at Fort Bragg, faces child porn charges


    A soldier, formerly of Landland stationed at Fort Bragg in North Carolina, faces 10 counts of child pornography after Polk County deputies say he downloaded inappropriate images while visiting family.

    Nathan Scott Gray, formerly of Lakeland, faces 10 counts of child pornography in Polk County. He is stationed at Fort Bragg in North Carolina. [Polk County Sheriff's Office]
  2. A total of 367 men and women reside on death row at Florida State Prison and Union Correctional Institution, down from 383 at the start of this year. [AP photo (1989)]
  3. Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough, right, host MSNBC's "Morning Joe" at NBC Studios in New York on April 14, 2010. President Donald Trump on Thursday assailed Brzezinski in unusually personal and vulgar terms, the latest of a string of escalating attacks by the president on the national news media.
  4. Goliath grouper are anything but gentle giants for Florida fishermen


    Goliath, the biblical giant, wasn't known for bothering fishermen. But the gigantic fish named after him — they can weigh up to 800-pounds — is notorious for exactly that.

    Biologists take samples from a goliath grouper that was caught in the Gulf of Mexico. The fish was released back into the gulf. Florida fishermen have petitioned the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to allow them to catch the up to 800-pound fish for a limited time. [Courtesy of Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission]
  5. Volkov hopes to prove his surprise selection right


    RW Alexander Volkov was not a particularly talked-about player in the lead up to the NHL entry draft.