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Another Jewish voice to hopefully sit in the Florida Cabinet


November 2, 2018

Nikki Fried

Nikki Fried is running for commissioner of the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services on the Democratic ticket. Her opponent is Republican Matt Caldwell.

"Fried brings a wealth of ideas to propel the department forward and to better fulfill its role," said the Miami Herald in its endorsement of her.

Nicole "Nikki" Fried was born and raised in Miami and graduated from the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree, a master's degree and a law degree. She is a lifelong Democrat, an attorney and activist. In private practice, Fried defended homeowners against foreclosure during the 2007-2008 housing crisis, fighting big banks to keep families from evictions. She currently resides in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

Fried is running for Florida Agriculture Commissioner because she saw firsthand how our politicians failed the people with medical marijuana. Despite 72 percent of Floridians voting to approve a medical marijuana law, the Florida Legislature and Gov. Rick Scott have obstructed its implementation and denied access to sick, injured and dying individuals in Florida.

In addition to expanding access to medical marijuana, if elected, Fried wants to:

• Help revitalize the struggling agriculture industry in Florida by advocating for legislation to allow the growing of industrial hemp (currently authorized as a pilot program)

• Support Florida farmers still recovering from the combined devastation of Hurricane Irma and citrus greening

• Ensure that industry concerns are properly balanced with environmental and consumer protections

• Emphasize and strengthen the role of the Department in consumer services, protections and advocacy

• Be an independent voice on the Florida Cabinet on issues of clemency, oversight of the state pension fund, and major land-use decisions.


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