Florida’s No. 1 medical PAC is endorsing former Republican state Rep. Fred Costello in his bid to return to the Florida Capitol for House District 25.
Florida Medical Association PAC (FMA PAC) announced its support for Costello, an Ormond Beach dentist, who is running for the open seat currently held by Rep. Dave Hood.
Hood, the former mayor of Ormond Beach, is seeking a local circuit judgeship. House District 25 covers parts of Volusia County.
“Fred Costello has a proven track record of fighting for Florida’s physicians. Having practiced dentistry for over four decades, Fred uniquely understands the issues that our members face on a daily basis,” said Dr. Ralph Nobo, President of the FMA PAC.
“We are proud to stand with Fred Costello based on his commitment to the medical profession in our state as well as his tireless service to his local community over the years,” Nobo added. “The Florida Medical Association looks forward to working with Fred Costello for years to come.”
“I look forward to working with the FMA during this time of uncertainty regarding the access to, delivery of, and funding for the healthcare needs of Floridians,” Costello responded.
The FMA joins former Gov. Jeb Bush, as well as former U.S. Rep. Sandy Adams, state Sen. Locke Burt, Daytona Beach Mayor Glenn Ritchey, as well as numerous current elected officials and legislators in endorsing Costello.
Costello is facing Democrat Noel Cheryl Bickford in November.
Founded in 1974, FMA PAC seeks to elect candidates who support making Florida the best state to practice medicine. As of the end of 2013, the FMA PAC raised over $1,000,000 for candidate for state office.