Commissioner of Agriculture
Democratic

Nicole "Nikki" Fried

  • Age: 40
  • City: Fort Lauderdale
  • Family: Unmarried, no children
  • Education: Doctorate degree
  • Law degree, University of Florida (2003)
  • Master's degree, University of Florida (2003)
  • Bachelor's degree, University of Florida (1999)
    • Recent job: Lawyer and consultant, Igniting Florida (2016-present)
  • Lawyer and consultant, Igniting Florida (2016-present)
  • Colodny Fass (2011-2016)
  • Merino Law Firm (2009-2011)
  • Alachua County Public Defenders Office (2005-2009)
  • Holland Knight (2003-2004)
  • Previous races

    This candidate has not previously run for office.

    Committees appointed to and serving on

  • Broward County Medical Marijuana Advisory Board
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    Briefly highlight your key campaign issues and positions.
    Expanding medical marijuana and getting medicine to the people who need it, creating policies that support a sustainable water supply in Florida, working to rid coastal communities of Algae blooms and deal with problems relating to Lake Okeechobee, and expanding agriculture in Florida
    Should your office's duties regulating firearm ownership be transferred to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement?
    Explain your position on which agency should oversee firearms ownership.
    I believe we need to start the conversation of looking at whether or not concealed weapons permits should be handled by Florida Department of Law Enforcement instead of Department of Ag. All concealed weapons permit applications are run through the Florida Crime Information Center, which is run by the FDLE. Background checks are run to ensure that CWP’s don’t end up in the hands of the wrong people and to protect society.
    Should the agriculture commissioner become an advocate for renegotiating NAFTA?
    Explain your position on renegotiating NAFTA.
    Although I am definitely someone who believes strongly in free trade, it also has to be fair trade. And what we have seen from NAFTA has been a detrimental effect to Florida's agriculture community. If something isn't done to protect our farmers, we will see an adverse effect on Florida's economy.
    Would you support moving consumer services into a separate agency?
    Explain your position on moving consumer services out of the agriculture department.
    I don't think we need to move consumer services out of the DACS, I think we just need to elect a competent person to head the department. I have been an advocate for the consumer throughout my legal career. I fought the big banks for consumers during the housing crisis and will do the same as Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services. DACS has never had an attorney as head of the department, I believe my legal background will give a fresh perspective that we haven't seen in the past.
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