“Now more than ever during this pandemic crisis (and even during past times of 9/11, natural disasters, and so many other emergency times) citizens know we need Experienced & Qualified public servants. It's not enough to just have a laundry list of 'the issues'... one must have the Proven Experience, Leadership, & Qualifications to understand our County's challenges & opportunities and have expertise controlling massive budgets, addressing issues, opportunities, & having solved similar problems before.
I'm running for County Commissioner to serve this wonderful community I love because we need prepared leaders now more than ever. Our County budget for 2021 will top $2 billion and we have the chance to improve in so many areas. However, we also continue to remain vulnerable if we don't have the right leaders & decision makers to Protect, Preserve, & Improve our District & County.
I'm NOT running to be a politician...
...I'M RUNNING TO BE YOUR PUBLIC SERVANT TO DO JUST THAT!”
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Rick LoCastro Campaign
1560 Buccaneer Court
Marco Island, Florida 34145
Rick LoCastro is a candidate for Collier County Commissioner, District 1. Since retiring from the Air Force as a Colonel in 2012 after 24 years of service, LoCastro was immediately recruited to Naples for a hospital executive position and moved to Marco Island. Since his arrival, he has become a county and state leader in healthcare, business, and a strong advocate for military veterans and first responders. He is running as a Republican and plans to campaign on a platform of proven experience. Workforce housing, real estate and land management, county finances and resources, environmental protection, emergency preparedness, and a concentration on community issues are on his list along with many other focus areas.
LoCastro is currently President of RJL Consulting Team, which provides strategic and operational expertise across multiple industries, including healthcare, local and state business, government, and veterans organizations. Previously, he served as a senior leader at Avow Hospice and prior to that was the Chief Operating Officer of Physicians Regional Medical Center—both in Naples. Throughout his Air Force career, he provided senior leadership to thousands of military and civilian personnel and administered multi-million dollar budgets. He served as Director of Human Resources of U.S. Strategic Command at Offutt Air Force Base, was the Base Commander of the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs (of which he is also a graduate), and of the 96th Air Base Wing at Eglin Air Force Base in Fort Walton Beach. He also oversaw all Presidential operational support for Air Force One as a Commander on Andrews Air Force Base. In his various roles of military and civilian leadership, Rick was also an Emergency Operation Center commander multiple times through hurricanes, snowstorms, active shooter incidents, and major aircraft accidents.
LoCastro earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from the US Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs and has three Master of Science degrees—to include one in Public Administration & Policy from Central Michigan University. He is a former Marco Island Chamber of Commerce Board Member and a Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce Leadership Collier graduate.
Meeting with NCH CEO Paul Hiltz
Member of Sunrise Rotary Club
Meeting with Moorings Park CEO Dan Lavender
With South Collier County YMCA Friends
Supporting Humane Society With Gregg Sjoquist & Krista Fogelsong
With hard-working deputies of the Collier County Sheriff's Office
Speaking to US Air Force Academy staff
With fellow Vets Count volunteers
With conservative active Collier County Republican leaders
My official Air Force photo
With President George W. Bush
Rick LoCastro in Afghanistan
With Vice President Dick Cheney
Emceeing the Naples Spirit of '45 veterans event
Naples Hospital COO observing in OR
With Jim Craig, goalie for Miracle on Ice team
With daughter and son
Use of military rank, job titles, and photographs in uniform does not imply endorsement by the U.S. Air Force or the Department of Defense.
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