District town: Bristol
Election history: Nicastro won an open seat in 2006, succeeding seven-term Democrat Kosta Diamantis. In 2008, his Republican opponent, Derek R. Jerome, died and was replaced by David L. Norton.
2008 general election
|Frank N. Nicastro (D)||6,410||75 percent|
|David L. Norton (R)||2,148||25 percent|
Public financing: Nicastro qualified for $25,000 in public financing for his campaign under the Citizens’ Election Program. He returned $10,408.85 in surplus funds to the state.
Background: Nicastro was the mayor of Bristol for 10 years before his election to the General Assembly. He is a former youth services officer for the Bristol schools. He also is a professional trumpet player.
Nicastro voted with the Democratic majority on most issues, though there were some notable exceptions. In 2009, he voted to oppose mandating expanded coverage for group health plans, a requirement for paid sick days and the codification in state law of a court decision legalizing same-sex marriage. In 2007, he was one of nine Democrats to vote against a bill requiring hospitals to provide emergency contraception to rape victims.
Committees: General Law, Transportation, Veterans
Education: Bristol High School
2008 Financial Disclosure: Nicastro, who is retired from the Bristol schools and the Army National Guard, had outside income from a city and Army pensions. He owns a home in Bristol.
The only stock worth at least $5,000 that Nicastro reported owning was New England Bank.
He disclosed debts in excess of $10,000 to Valley Bank and Chrysler Financial.
A note on financial disclosure: Every spring, officials are required to disclose the ownership of real estate, the source of any income exceeding $1,000 in the previous calendar year and securities worth more than $5,000.