H. Marlene O'Toole

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H. Marlene O'Toole
H. Marlene O'Toole.jpg
Member of the Florida House of Representatives
from the 33rd district
Incumbent
Assumed office
November 20, 2012
Preceded by Jason Brodeur
Member of the Florida House of Representatives
from the 42nd district
In office
November 18, 2008 – November 20, 2012
Preceded by Hugh Gibson III
Succeeded by Mike La Rosa
Personal details
Born (1945-02-18) February 18, 1945 (age 69)
Somerville, Massachusetts
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Ed O'Toole
Children Kathleen, Colleen, Linda, Eddie, Jennie
Profession IBM executive

H. Marlene O'Toole (born February 18, 1945) is a Republican member of the Florida House of Representatives, representing the 33rd District, which includes Sumter County, northern Lake County, and southern Marion County, including Webster, Center Hill, Bushnell, Wildwood, Lady Lake, and The Villages, since 2012, previously representing the 42nd District from 2008 to 2012.

History[edit]

O'Toole was born in Somerville, Massachusetts, and began working for IBM in 1967. She eventually became the company's Regional Manager for the South, overseeing eight hundred employees, moving to Florida in 1992. In 1997, after retiring from IBM, she became the Director of Take Stock in Children, an organization based in Lake County and Sumter County that provided scholarships to at-risk children.

Florida House of Representatives[edit]

When incumbent State Representative Hugh Gibson III was unable to seek re-election due to term limits, O'Toole ran to succeed him as a Republican in the 42nd District, which included parts of eastern Lake County, southern Marion County, and northern Sumter County. In the primary, she faced Will Pruitt, the brother of then-State Senator Ken Pruitt, and she campaigned on improving the economy and "helping seniors understand government legislation."[1] O'Toole ended up winning the primary by a comfortable margin, receiving 59% of the vote to Pruitt's 41%. In the general election, she faced only write-in opposition, though she insisted that she was not feeling complacent, noting, "You're never done--not if you're smart, you're never done. I'm still going to meetings, forums and groups."[2] She ended up winning with nearly 100% of the vote. Running for re-election in 2010, she won the nomination of her party uncontested and advanced to the general election, where she faced independent candidate Jeff Shoobridge. O'Toole was able to dispatch Shoobridge with ease, winning re-election with 76% of the vote.

Following the reconfiguration of legislative districts in 2012, O'Toole was moved into the 33rd District, which retained most of the territory that she had previously represented. She was unopposed in both the primary and the general elections, and was re-elected to her third term entirely uncontested. In 2014, O'Toole was re-elected to her fourth and final term in the House unopposed, once again.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Show, Christine (August 24, 2008). "State House candidates tout constituent-oriented platforms". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved May 5, 2014. 
  2. ^ Show, Christine (October 16, 2008). "Marlene O'Toole just needs to get past write-in foes to win Florida House District 42 seat". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved May 5, 2014. 

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