What a race! Karen Castor-Dentel, sister to US Rep. Kathy Castor, files to run against Rep. Scott Plakon

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Karen Castor-Dentel, sister of US Rep. Kathy Castor and daughter of former USF President Betty Castor, has filed to run for the Florida House and will challenge conservative standard-bearer Scott Plakon.

First of all, you have to wonder how the traditional media miss things like this? Don’t they troll over the Division of Elections’ website like I do, hours at a time?

Evidently not. I’m still waiting for the Tampa Bay Times to notice that Johnnie Byrd is running for Circuit Court Judge.

Anyway, here’s what we know about Castor-Dentel, besides the obvious family connections:

Born and raised in Tampa, Florida, Karen graduated from Peabody College at Vanderbilt University with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and from the University of North Carolina with a Master’s Degree in Literacy Studies. As a fourth grade teacher in a high-poverty school in Gainesville, Karen established the Horizons Girls Club. The purpose of Horizons is to empower young girls with skills, knowledge, and attitudes to improve and direct their lives.

On the other side is Rep. Scott Plakon, a darling of Florida’s conservatives.  He tells me he’s looking forward to the race and, in the event Castor makes it through the primary, the true “clash of the ideas” that will come during the campaign.

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