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U.S. House | District 14

This race pits the incumbent, Kathy Castor, against a political newcomer, Republican Evelio "EJ" Otero Jr., in this heavily Democratic district. Otero handily beat Eddie Adams Jr. in the GOP primary. William R. Levesque, Times staff writer

Kathy Castor, 46

U.S. representative

Evelio "EJ" Otero Jr., 51

Retired Air Force colonel

Experience Castor previously worked as a land-use lawyer with the Icard Merrill and Broad and Cassel firms, with a three-year stint in between as assistant general counsel for the Florida Department of Community Affairs. She served on the Hillsborough County Commission from 2002 until 2006, when she was elected to Congress. Castor is the former president of the Florida Association of Women Lawyers. Served 28 years in the Air Force, including 22 years on active duty and 14 years at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa. He has worked at U.S. Central Command, where he served as chief of coalition intelligence, and Special Operations Command, both at MacDill. His work at SOCom included negotiating with other nations to form a coalition intelligence center at MacDill. He says he is a CNN political commentator and served in Iraq and Afghanistan.
EducationBachelor's degree in political science, Emory University in Atlanta; law degree from Florida State University. Otero is a 1982 graduate of Iowa State University with a concentration in journalism, mass communications and political science. He also holds a master's degree in strategic studies from the Air Force War College, and a master's in international relations from Troy University.
What should be done to ensure the future of Social Security and Medicare?Says Medicare must become more efficient and begin to shift away from a "fee for service" system. To extend the life of Social Security, favors raising the payroll tax cap on contributions from first $110,000 in earnings to a higher level. (Under current law, people pay Social Security taxes up to $110,100 in income.)Says he supports restoration of funding "that has been commingled by Congress" and "once and for all create a lock box and modify the programs to reflect current actuarial tables, demographics and need."
How would you reduce the federal deficit? Would you vote for a $1 tax hike for every $10 in budget cuts?Says she favors responsible cuts to debt by eliminating wasteful spending and ending special-interest loopholes and tax breaks. Supports eliminating wasteful Pentagon spending while supporting preservation or expansion of MacDill Air Force Base and its various commands.Supports cutting the deficit by controlling government spending. Wants "strategic cuts" to various government departments and to foreign aid, and elimination of fraud and waste in entitlement programs. Would not vote for the $1 tax increase.
Do you support the Dream Act, which would create a path to citizenship for some children of illegal immigrants? What should Congress do about immigration? Supports the Dream Act and says it is clear that U.S. immigration system needs reform. Calls it unreasonable to deport immigrants who were raised and educated in the United States and, in some cases, even served in the military.Says he is not in "full accord" with several Dream Act proposals that have been put forward. Says he does not want citizens who are in the United States legally to be burdened, nor the children of illegal residents, to be penalized for the actions of their parents. Says he would support a comprehensive immigration reform bill allowing reform of the visa process, including work visas for jobs not sought or capably done by U.S. citizens.
What priorities should Congress set regarding space exploration, and what should be the next goal?Says Congress should continue to support NASA, which she says is vital to Florida. Says public-private space initiatives should emphasize satellite technology and deep-space investments.Supports NASA and "mission focused and public-private partnerships that emphasize defense, medical and technical advancement."
AssetsSavings, stocks, retirement fundsHome, IRA, savings, condo
LiabilitiesNoneMortgage on home and condo
IncomeCongressional salary, dividends, interestPrimarily retirement pension
PersonalMarried, two childrenMarried, daughter

About the job: Representatives are paid $174,000 annually and serve two-year terms. District 14 covers Tampa, a portion of St. Petersburg and the shoreline neighborhoods of Hillsborough County.

Florida's U.S. House District 14: Kathy Castor (D), Evelio Otero Jr. (R)

This race pits the incumbent, Kathy Castor, against a political newcomer, Republican Evelio "EJ" Otero Jr., in this heavily Democratic district. Otero handily beat Eddie Adams Jr. in the GOP primary.

Florida's U.S. House District 14: Kathy Castor (D), Evelio Otero Jr. (R) 10/17/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, October 17, 2012 2:49pm]
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