Nikki Fried

In this June 7, 2019 file photo, Nikki Fried, Florida's Democrat commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services, speaks at a reception during the Florida Democratic Party state conference, in Orlando.
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The Orlando Sentinel recently reported that Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Commissioner Nikki Fried’s fiance’ has a hemp business license through the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried, touting her campaign as “something new” and saying she will fight the “rigged system” in Tallahassee, formally entered the 2022 race for governor on Tuesday.

Fried, an attorney and former medical-marijuana lobbyist who scored a narrow victory in 2018 to become the only statewide-elected Democrat, criticized Republicans’ two-decade hold on Florida government in a video announcing her gubernatorial campaign.

Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried
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Florida’s lone statewide elected Democrat is urging Gov. Ron DeSantis to veto a handful of bills sent to him by the state Legislature.

The Sierra Club’s 2020 report cards for Governor DeSantis and Florida Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services Nikki Fried are based on issues the civic organization thinks are important. DeSantis received a D minus and Fried received a C minus.

Agriculture Commissioner Fried Won't Lower Flags For Limbaugh

Feb 22, 2021
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Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried intends to defy a call by Gov. Ron DeSantis to lower flags to half-staff to honor conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh, who died last week.

Fried Asks New EPA Head To Reconsider Recent Fla. Wetlands Permitting Move

Dec 31, 2020
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State Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried has asked incoming Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Michael Regan to reconsider a recent EPA decision that shifted federal permitting authority to Florida for projects that affect wetlands. 

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The Environmental Protection Agency announced Thursday it is handing over at least some of its oversight of Florida’s wetlands to the state.

People farming in a large Florida field
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Florida Democratic political leaders held a virtual discussion on improvements they expect presidential candidate Joe Biden to work on for rural Florida if he were to win the presidency in November. 

Gov. Ron DeSantis (left) is pictured in Jerusalem with Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis and Commissioner of Agriculture Nikki Fried
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Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried is calling on Gov. Ron DeSantis to drop his appeal of a recent court ruling regarding Amendment 4, which restores the voting rights of millions of ex-felons in Florida, and to reform the state’s controversial Clemency Board, the statewide body that decides whether felons can have their rights restored.

Dennis speaking with a mic in his hand in front of the doors of city hall, right in front of the doors are a bunch of elected officials, including city council people and state officials.
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A little over half the members of Jacksonville’s City Council, Duval Public Schools administration, and Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried took part in a solidarity walk beginning at City Hall on Sunday morning. 

The Florida House of Representatives is pictured in this Sept. 17, 2019 file photo.
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As Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried holds out for “cooler heads” in the Senate, House Speaker José Oliva is hopeful he will gain support for his chamber’s effort to move the Office of Energy from under her watch.

Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried
News Service of Florida

Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried argued Tuesday that an effort to move the Office of Energy from her department to the governor’s administration is more political than policy-driven, as a House panel overwhelmingly approved the proposal.

Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried
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Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried on Thursday plans to roll out legislative priorities focused on climate change. 

Fried Takes On Trump In Video Ahead Of His Florida Reelection Rally

Jun 18, 2019
Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried
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Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried, the state’s top elected Democrat, on Monday welcomed President Donald Trump to the state by blasting him and other Republicans on women's rights.

Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried
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Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried on Friday encouraged supporters of a new state hemp industry to tell Gov. Ron DeSantis to sign a bill that would lead to a regulatory framework for the crop.

Vice President Mike Pence speaks to reporters.
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Vice President Mike Pence visited the Schultz Center in Jacksonville Monday to kick off a 26 city tour to build support for a new trade deal.

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The Public Opinion Research Lab at the University of North Florida has a new poll of Florida registered voters that reveals a majority approve of the job Ron DeSantis is doing as governor after he was inaugurated nearly months ago. The survey also shows job approval for Sen. Marco Rubio is higher than job approval for newly elected Sen. Rick Scott.

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Nikki Fried was sworn in last week as state agriculture commissioner, becoming the first woman elected to run the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. She also is the only Democrat holding statewide office and the first Democrat on the state Cabinet in eight years.

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U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) hosted a press event Friday to highlight his accomplishments over the past two years, but he spent most of his time fielding questions from reporters about the ongoing government shutdown and border security.

Based on Thursday afternoon unofficial election returns, it's looking like the governor's race is headed toward a recount along with the high profile U.S. Senate and Agriculture Commissioner races.

Kevin Meerschaert / WJCT

Tuesday on First Coast Connect we spoke with Agriculture Commissioner candidate Democrat Nikki Fried about her campaign and the issues she is focusing on, which include the environment, medical marijuana and gun background checks (01:17).