The moment that Katherine Anne "Kathy" Castor, U.S. Representative for Florida's 14th congressional district since 2007, walked into the multi-purpose room at Gary Adult, she made it clear she was a Chamberlain HS graduate, and proud of it! Castor is also a graduate of Emory University and Florida State University College of Law. Castor and her husband have two daughters. She also happens to be the daughter of former Hillsborough County Judge Don Castor and former University of South Florida President and statewide-elected Education Commissioner Betty Castor. She is the former President of the Florida Association of Women Lawyers and partner in a statewide law firm.
Representative Castor’s biography is impressive, and when she speaks, her passion for her constituents is apparent, but Representative Castor came to Gary Adult with a single purpose – to urge all the students who are, or will be eligible, to register and vote in the upcoming November election. After a brief review about the three parts of the U.S. government (Executive, Legislative, and Judicial) and the different ways that the government can impact each student’s life, she reminded the audience that President Obama was coming to Tampa, and she wanted to know what they would like her to share with him. Several students were very eloquent in their statements to her.
One student, although very soft-spoken, stated strongly that President Obama should “raise the minimum wage in order to raise the standard of living for families.” Another student told Rep. Castor that, “Small businesses need more support from our government.” William Garrett, 22, who is working on obtaining his high school diploma so he can enter the U.S. Marine Corp, has an older brother who was active duty and served tours overseas in war zones but upon his return to the United States and could only find work as a dishwasher. He urged Mrs. Castor to plead with President Obama to “take care of and support our veterans!” Teachers, administrators, and visitors were very impressed with the students who shared their thoughts with Castor, while the rest of the students listened thoughtfully and respectfully to their peers. Representative Castor stayed 60 short minutes at Gary Adult, but it was time well spent.
For more information on registering to vote, visit http://www.votehillsborough.org/About-Voting/Registering-to-Vote. To learn more about Representative Kathy Castor, go to http://castor.house.gov/.
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