The LoCastro Report
Twenty-Sixth Edition
July 7, 2020
RICK LOCASTRO
For Collier County Commissioner, District 1
 
IT TAKES EXPERIENCE & QUALIFICATIONS!
HUGE ENDORSEMENTS!
Honored to have received the endorsements of two exemplary and influential organizations right here in our community.

Thus far -- I have received ALL the exclusive endorsements from EVERY organization who interviewed all candidates. Thank you!

The Naples Area Board of REALTORS (NABOR) which makes up over 6,000 members… & “ Naples Better Government ” (formerly Greater Naples Better Government Committee), which is another large heavily involved organization in our community that ensures experienced & qualified leaders of integrity, both endorsed me in my candidacy for Collier County Commission, District 1.

These are extremely important organizations to the success of our community. Their members care, know what it takes to lead, and these aren’t popularity contest picks. 

All candidates went through extensive interviews facing difficult questions a County Commissioner will tackle every day… and given the opportunity to demonstrate the depth of our knowledge, experience, decisive leadership, & team approach to their panels of interviewers.

THANK YOU “ Naples Area Board Of Realtors ” & “ Naples Better Government ”. Your confidence in me as your District 1 County Commissioner pick is much appreciated… and I will not let our community or our citizens down!

More information on both organizations is available at their websites:

www.nabor.com
www.naplesbettergovernment.com
LEARN ABOUT
CANDIDATE QUALIFICATIONS
RICK LOCASTRO
  • Conservative Republican
  • U.S. Air Force Academy Graduate (1988)
  • Colonel, U.S. Air Force, Retired -- 24 Years of Service (1988 - 2012)
  • Combat Veteran & Senior NATO Commander
  • Base Commander of Multiple City-Sized Military Installations
  • Managed Billions of Tax-Payer Dollars
  • Worked for two U.S. Presidents (Bush 41 & 43)
  • Former Chief Operating Officer, Physicians Regional Medical Center
  • Naples Leadership Collier Graduate
  • Naples Business Leader
  • Veteran Advocate, Rotary Club, American Legion Member
  • Student Mentor & High School/College Leadership Lecturer
  • Senator Scott Veteran Advisor & Chair of His Service Academy Board
  • Marco Island Resident & East Naples Involved Citizen & Volunteer
This election is a job interview and you are doing the hiring for leaders to run a 2 Billion Dollar County.

We need our next County Commissioner for District 1 to have success, represent our citizens with proven experience & qualifications, and make common sense leadership decisions. Any potential candidate should be informed and qualified in all the many issues we face.

HERE ARE JUST A FEW OF THE CRITICAL ISSUES A COUNTY COMMISSIONER MUST KNOW:

  • PROJECTS IN MULTI-MILLIONS / BUDGETS IN THE BILLIONS
  • HOUSING
  • CONSTRUCTION
  • ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES
  • EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS
  • SECURITY & SAFETY
  • EDUCATION
  • HEALTHCARE
  • ROADS & GROUNDS
  • FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY
  • DECISIVE LEADERSHIP
  • CREDIBILITY

I'm the only candidate in this race with the depth in these critical areas. This is why Experience & Qualifications Matter !

Merely living in a community a long time doesn’t mean someone has experience & qualifications in these required areas. We need our County Commissioners to understand these complex matters, to spend taxpayer dollars wisely, make common sense experienced decisions, & ask tough questions before they vote on things that will affect us for many years to come.

I've devoted my life to tackling life's biggest challenges . Whether it was earning an appointment to the U.S. Air Force Academy, serving both here and abroad in the Air Force for a 24 year military career, being a Senior Military Commander, Base Commander, Combat Veteran, operating a major hospital system right here in East Naples, or doing my best as a community volunteer to alleviate suffering by struggling veterans and citizens in need--at every step of the way I have put SERVICE first. I have deep experience in the critical areas required of a prepared, credible, and influential County Commissioner to serve our community. I encourage you to review these qualifications in all the candidates and make the decision you think is best for our community.
SAY NO TO TAXES
One question I get at almost every community event or forum: what about raising taxes? Let me say it loud and clear! Rick LoCastro will not vote for a tax increase as your next County Commissioner . In recent years, we have enjoyed a prosperous time in Collier County, one that has enabled us to establish a strong and successful economy, especially one friendly to small businesses. Right now we are in the middle of a crisis with unknown long term consequences. The last thing we should consider is increasing the burden on the taxpayer. I will be a Strong Fiscal Conservative , always looking to trim fat, NOT increase taxing and spending. What we need is better EXPERIENCED FISCAL MANAGEMENT... not more wasted taxpayer dollars... and then asking for more because we mismanaged what we had!
CALL FOR SIGN LOCATIONS!
We are distributing yard signs & also large (8' x 4') signs in key SUPPORTER APPROVED areas in the district! Please let us know if you would like a yard sign or a large commercial sign to display on your property or business. These signs make a huge difference to show community support and that we know how important this election is for Collier County.
Previous Released Endorsements
in
Last Five LoCastro Reports

Thank you!

VANN ELLISON -- President & CEO St. Matthew's House (*doesn't constitute endorsement from organization)
 
PHIL WOOD -- CEO John R. Wood Properties
 
DAN LAVENDER -- President & CEO Moorings Park
 
JARED GRIFONI -- Vice Chairman Marco City Council
 
VICKI TRACY -- COO Gulf Coast International Properties & East Naples Resident
 
CARVELLI & SERRAVALLE FAMILIES -- Owners of Snook Inn, Marco Prime, Oyster Society, & Davinci's
 
DALE & MARIE MULLIN -- President, Wounded Warriors of Collier County
 
JANE WATT -- Founder & Board Chair, Marco Island Academy
 
GLENN & JANE BROWN -- Republican Leaders & Naples Residents
 
MARSHA WARNIKE -- Senior Realtor Premiere Plus & Republican Leader
 
GREGG SJOQUIST -- President & CEO, The Wasie Foundation Naples
 
SANDRA LEE BUXTON -- Owner Life in Naples Magazine
 
LEN & SANDY SCHUMAN -- Former President, Singapore Exchange Americas & Marco Residents/Leaders
 
DR RICHARD BLONNA -- Professor, William Paterson University, Author, Entrepreneur & Marco Resident
 
MIKE & SHARON DAVIDIAN -- Former CEO, American Industrial Tech & Arlington East Naples Residents
 
LEE RUBENSTEIN -- Commander, American Legion Post 404 Collier County
 
KELLY LICHTER -- President & Founder, Mason Classical Academy Naples
 
TOM & LINDA SESSA -- CEO, Sessa Sheet Metal Contractors & Marco Residents
 
PAM DESMET -- Goodland Resident & Goodland Secretary Civic Association

BRIGADIER GENERAL CHIP DIEHL -- U.S. Air Force (retired) Wing Commander, MacDill AFB & US Central Command 2001-2005, Tampa

MIMI SCOFIELD -- President, Scofield Productions Naples 

LARRY HONIG -- Member, Marco Island City Council

JACK FULMER -- Captain, U.S. Marine Corps (retired) Naples Resident & VFW Leader

DR. CARLOS PORTU, MD -- Former Chief of Medicine, Physicians Regional Medical Center, Naples & Current Owner Shoreline Physician Group, Naples

JACK PATTERSON -- Rotary Club & American Legion Leader

B.A. CRISP -- Author of Red Bird, Leadership Collier, Naples Illustrated "Leading Lady" 2015, Former CCSO Civilian Volunteer, Former Vice Chair, PACE Center for Girls, Former Member of the Greater Naples Better Government Committee

TARIK AYASUN -- Marco Island Resident & President Taray International Corp

STAY TUNED… EVERY WEEK
Names & Quotes From
Many More Endorsements  Already Secured!
CAMPAIGN VIDEO
If you would like additional information, I encourage you to watch our campaign video, which outlines my bold, optimistic vision for Collier County. This year's election will be historic at every level. Make sure you choose leaders who are capable of leading us through these challenging times.

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Rick LoCastro
Candidate for Collier County Commissioner, District 1
IT TAKES  EXPERIENCE & QUALIFICATIONS!
- Conservative Republican
- U.S. Air Force Academy Graduate (1988)
- Colonel, U.S. Air Force, Retired -- 24 Years of Service (1988 - 2012)
- Combat Veteran & Senior NATO Commander (Afghanistan & Iraq)
- Base Commander of Multiple City-Sized Military Installations
- Managed Billions of Tax-Payer Dollars
- Worked for two U.S. Presidents (Bush 41 & 43)
- Naples -- Leadership Collier Graduate
- Naples -- Business Leader
- East Naples -- Former Chief Operating Officer, Physicians Regional Medical Center
- Collier County -- Veteran Advocate, Rotary Club & American Legion Member
- Collier County -- Student Mentor & High School/College Leadership Lecturer
- Senator Scott Senior Veteran Advisor & Chair of His Service Academy Board
- Marco Island Resident & Naples Involved Citizen

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