- Mike Beltran is an attorney who graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and then attended Harvard Law School. He lives in Lithia and was twice named by Gov. Rick Scott to serve on judicial nominating commissions in both Orlando and Tampa.
- Debbie Katt is a software engineer and analytical consultant with SAS Institute Inc. She has a master’s degree in applied math and has worked in several sectors including government, leisure, manufacturing, retail and the airline industry.
- class=" col-xs-12 col-md-8 col-md-offset-4 col-lg-9 col-lg-offset-3 col-print-12 element element-paragraph">The district encompasses a swath of Hillsborough County that includes Riverview, Gibsonton, Apollo Beach, Sun City Center and Wimauma. State representatives serve two-year terms and earn $29,697 a year.
WHAT’S AT STAKE
- Florida Democrats currently hold 41 seats, so they’ll need to gain 20 seats to have a majority in the chamber. That won’t happen. District 57 leans Republican.
- Beltran says his legislative priorities include transparency and accountability in government, reducing waste and supporting the Trump administration by dealing with sanctuary cities in Florida.
- Katt says Florida must deal with the reality of climate change; supports solar energy and opposes offshore oil drilling and fracking; supports universal background checks for firearms sales and limiting the sale of high-capacity magazines; believes the state should restore millions cut in arts grants that she says are hurting businesses and communities.
WHAT YOU NEED TO READ
Click here to read the Tampa Bay Times voter guide, which will give you a breakdown of many of the 2018 races.
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