Florida Jewish Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried announces his candidacy for governor

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(JTA) – Nikki Fried, Florida’s Jewish agricultural commissioner, who said part of her mission was to keep Democrats pro-Israel, announced her candidacy for governor on Tuesday.

Fried, 43, the only Democrat elected to a statewide post in the 2018 election which saw very slim margins in all of the state’s major swing races, announced on Tuesday that she was standing would present on a racing platform against a “rigged” and “corrupt” system.

“I am here to break the rigged system in Florida,” she said in a video posted to Twitter.

Fried a have clashed several times with Gov. Ron DeSantis, a Republican, on restrictions on coronaviruses, arguing he has been too lax in the fight against COVID-19. DeSantis banned all state COVID restrictions in early May.

She said in a video posted to Twitter that she would lift DeSantis’ restrictions on voting rights, environmental protection, farmer protection and minimum wage, adding that she would seek to increase the number of Floridians. having access to health care.

Fried, a former lobbyist for the medical marijuana industry, has also said she will seek to legalize marijuana.

In 2019, she traveled to Israel in part to research Israeli agricultural technological advances, but also to demonstrate that Democrats remain on the pro-Israel camp.

“When I started to see recently that there was a partisan divide, I felt like the main Democrat in Florida State as a swing state… it was my obligation to stand up and say ‘ We are here “. I support Israel. I support the US-Israel relationship, ”she told the Tampa Bay Times at the time.

Fried has cultivated a national profile, appearing as a speaker at the Democratic National Convention last year.


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