Candidate Profile
Fredrick W. "Fred" Costello

Republican , Florida

Biography

Name
Fredrick W. "Fred" Costello
Party
Republican
Race
U.S. Rep., Dist. 6
Incumbent
No
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Panel Rating

Very Conservative Information icon

Scorecards

Conservative Organizations

Americans for Prosperity FL (AFP FL), 2016:  103%
Americans for Prosperity (AFP), 2012:  100%
Florida Family Action (FFA), 2015-16:  A+
Right to Life PAC FL, 2014:  A
American Conservative Union (ACU), 2016:  93%, 93% (cum.)

98%

CONSERVATIVE AVERAGE

Liberal Organizations

Political Hurricane FL, 2012:  0%

0%

LIBERAL AVERAGE

Endorsements

Conservatives

1
Florida Right to Life PAC

Reported by Candidate

6
Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, Florida Speaker of the House, Richard Corcoran, Volusia Sheriff Mike Chitwood, John Stemberger, Pres FL Family Policy Council, Chris Cox, Founder of Bikers for Trump, Citizens for Trump

Selected Contributions

Conservative

GIVEN BY CANDIDATE
17
Adam Putnam, Alan Hays, David Santiago, Dorothy L. Hukill, Jeffrey Atwater, John Mica and 11 more
RECEIVED BY CANDIDATE
18
Associated Builders and Contractors, Committee for a Conservative House, Dennis Baxley, Florida Leadership Committee, Florida Roundtable, Floridians for Prosperity and Economic Liberty and 12 more

Summary

0%

LIBERAL

100%

CONSERVATIVE

Questionnaire

Please note: Responses are entered electronically by the candidate and are listed verbatim.

Human life begins at conception and deserves legal protection at every stage until natural death.

Strongly Agree

I am in favor of construction of a wall and other necessary infrastructure on our border that gives complete control over entering and exiting the United States.

Strongly Agree

Governments should not discriminate against individuals, organizations or small businesses because of their belief that marriage is only a union of one man and one woman.

Strongly Agree

Governments should define marriage as between one man and one woman; no other definition of marriage should be legalized or supported with taxpayer or public funds.

Strongly Agree

It is the government’s responsibility to be sure everyone has a livable income.

Strongly Disagree

It is the government’s responsibility to be sure everyone has health insurance.

Strongly Disagree

Judeo-Christian values established a framework of morality which permitted our system of limited government.

Strongly Agree

More restrictive gun control is needed to protect public safety.

Strongly Disagree

Free enterprise and the right to private property are essential elements of a productive economic system.

Strongly Agree

Additional regulations are needed to prevent climate change.

Strongly Disagree

Religious liberty is at risk in the United States and deserves the highest level of protection in the law.

Strongly Agree

The United States should help defend Israel from attack by its enemies.

Strongly Agree

Abortion providers, including Planned Parenthood, should not receive funds from federal, state, or local governments.

Strongly Agree

Islamic law (Sharia) should take precedence over national and state laws where there are Islamic majority communities in the U. S.

Strongly Disagree

Congress should pass a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution.

Strongly Agree

People should be allowed to use public restrooms, showers, and changing rooms based on "gender identity."

Strongly Disagree

I support sanctuary cities.

Strongly Disagree

It is OK for Congress to exempt itself from compliance with laws applicable to all citizens.

Strongly Disagree

I support the death penalty.

Agree

Tuition-free public education should be guaranteed through college.

Strongly Disagree

The United States should protect its sovereignty from the United Nations.

Strongly Agree

The best way to maintain peace is through a strong military.

Strongly Agree

I voted in these primaries and general elections:

2010 General Election, 2010 Republican Primary, 2012 General Election, 2012 Republican Primary, 2014 General Election, 2014 Republican Primary, 2016 General Election, 2016 Republican Primary

Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

only if two physicians determine that both the mother and the child will die absent an abortion ... EXTREMELY rare

What should the United States do to help eradicate the threat of radical Islamic terrorism?

Extreme vetting. All who go through our legal immigration process are welcome in the US as long as they want to be part of our great country ... and are not coming here to change our country. Although we are not called to be the World Police, we are called to protect freedom. So yes, we must fight in foreign lands to protect the rights of those where radical Islamic terrorism threatens them.

What in the nature of mankind caused America’s Founders to carefully define, separate, and limit powers in the Constitution?

We are born with a selfish nature. the separation of powers protects all of us from any leader or group of leaders who gain control of one branch of government.

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

I am a Christian who lives for an audience of One. I fail often. My wife (of 45 years) and I are pro-Life and live what we believe ... we have two adopted children.

When you consider your views on a wide range of issues from economic and social matters to foreign policy and immigration, which of the following best describes you overall?

Very Conservative

Please provide publicly available information validating your answer to the previous question.

Florida House of Representatives voting record

How would you promote healthcare coverage that is adequate, affordable and accessible for all?

Direct Primary Care combined with Comprehensive/Catastrophic Care (high deductible) policies, enhanced HSAs, make short term and limited benefit policies available, allow purchase of insurance policies across state lines and pharmaceuticals from outside our country, deduct premiums on individual tax returns, allow association grouping for cost reduction, create high risk pool for the top 5% of cost drivers, tort reform

What role should government play in boosting the economy?

level the playing field so there are no winners and losers based upon regulations ... and get out off the way

What changes should be made to the tax code?

Eliminate the income tax and go with the FAIR Tax.

What is the best way to bring down unemployment?

require all able bodied people to work for their unemployment benefits; limit benefits paid to parents to the amount paid for the first child and then do not pay any more for additional children

How would you guarantee Social Security benefits for future generations?

For individuals under 40, gradually increase the age to receive full benefits to 70 (just as it was recently increased to 67) and increase the max income on which social security taxes are paid. Put social security funds into the proverbial lock box and keep the income/interest earned in the pool.

What education or experience qualifies you to hold the office for which you seek election?

former Captain USAF, small business owner, Mayor of Ormond Beach and State Representative

E-mail address and phone number for voters to reach you:

fred@fred4us.com

Is there anything else you would like voters to know about you?

My goal is to represent us. If I wanted to be a politician, I would have stayed in the Florida House.


Background

Education
  • University of Iowa, Iowa City, DDS, 1974
  • Graceland University, Lamoni, Iowa, BS, 1971
Work & Military
  • Drs. Costello & Drake, Dr., 1977-2018
  • USAF, Captain, 1974-1977
Affiliations
  • Halifax Urban Ministries, Humanitarian of the Year
  • Food Brings Hope, Board Member
  • Volusia-Flagler Boys and Girls Clubs, Board Member
  • Ormond Beach Community Foundation, Board Member
  • Tiger Bay of Volusia, Past President, Board
Offices
  • Florida State Representative, Held 2010-12; 2014-16
  • Ormond Beach Mayor, Held 2002-2010
  • US House of Representatives, Sought 2012, 2016
 

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