Nikki Fried promises Broward County faithful she will fight to win

Nikki Fried
The Agriculture Commissioner cited her track record of fighting and winning elections.

Down in the polls and fundraising as she vies for her party’s nomination for Governor, the only Democrat elected statewide, Nikki Fried, promised Broward County’s Democratic faithful Monday that she knows how to fight — and win.

She scarcely mentioned her chief rival for the Democratic nomination for Governor or the current occupant of the Governor’s Mansion by their names. But she invoked the 28 years it’s been since Florida has elected a Democrat to the Governor’s mansion.

She argued that while the current Governor, Ron DeSantis, is a bully, the problem is bigger than him.

“Our democracy is on the line,” Fried said, asserting that Republicans are limiting access to abortion, rights to protest, and the ability to learn the unvarnished truth about history. “We are going backward, and as the only Democrat that has been able to win our state in the last 20 years, I know what it takes.”

Deerfield Beach City Commissioner Bernie Parness introduced her. Broward County Commissioner Dale Holness, now running for Florida’s 20th Congressional District, attended, as did Margate City Commissioner Joanne Simone.

The crowd — about 70 people — was notably smaller than the one at the same hall when Charlie Crist showed up last July. But unlike his visit, some of Deerfield Beach Democratic Club board members couldn’t hold back.

“Nikki, we need you!” declared Mel Nass, one of the club’s board members.

Her one-hour appearance, during which she took questions, touched on the need to address housing affordability, property insurance, using civil citations for youthful offenses, and getting minority communities the help with government contracts and the loans they need.

The Legislative Sessions during her administration will be most unlike the one that just passed, she said.

Surfside,” she said, naming the place where 98 people died when a high-rise condo collapsed, “they couldn’t even address Surfside.”

She cited Floridians’ support for constitutional amendments such as legalizing medical marijuana and restoring felons’ voting rights as evidence that the majority of Floridians support the Democrats’ agenda.

“We need a Democrat in this General Election who knows how to win as a Democrat, someone who has stood up for the values that we believe in every single day,” she said, reminding the crowd that she became a Democrat at age 17, unlike Crist, who occupied the Governor’s mansion as a Republican.

Deerfield Beach resident Terry Scott asked her how she would win the Black vote. Fried is already working on that, she said, by increasing the number of Black leaders in the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, hiring a diversity inclusion position, and highlighting how even though 80% of the farmers asking for loans were Black farmers, 80% of the loans went to White farmers.

“It takes somebody like me to uncover that situation and try to fix it,” she said.

Anne Geggis

Anne Geggis is a South Florida journalist who began her career in Vermont and has worked at the Sun-Sentinel, the Daytona Beach News-Journal and the Gainesville Sun covering government issues, health and education. She was a member of the Sun-Sentinel team that won the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the Parkland high school shooting. You can reach her on Twitter @AnneBoca or by emailing [email protected].


  • Impeach Biden

    April 12, 2022 at 10:12 pm

    Completely irrelevant even in the People’s Republic of Broward County. Her smear tactics on our fine Governor did not work. 70 people show up in a County full of New Yorker’s and other Democrats that fled big government, high taxes, rising crime, only to vote the same stupid way they did when they were up North. Bye Nikki!

  • Itold Usoh

    April 13, 2022 at 12:00 pm

    Her issues seem to be abortion, leniency for juvenile offenders (I’m guessing a code violation citation for shoplifting), marijuana legalization, and DeSantis-is-bad.

    The issues with my friends and family and neighbors are:

    –Inflation, housing costs.
    –Traffic / roads and bridges. (Hey, where is all that Biden infrastructure spending?)
    –Environment / conservation.
    –Parental rights in education.

    Not sure she is addressing those. But I know little about her. perhaps she should launch a big TV campaign to introduce herself to voters.

    • Southern Logic

      April 18, 2022 at 3:51 pm


  • Charlotte Greenbarg

    April 13, 2022 at 1:28 pm

    Of course she’s in Broward. The only county where she’ll probably see anything positive at election time.

    • Impeach Biden

      April 13, 2022 at 2:53 pm

      Broward County is a lost cause.

      Exhibit A: Debbie Wasserman-Schultz.

  • Impeach Biden

    April 14, 2022 at 4:41 pm

    The only thing Nikki can promise is that she will no longer be Agricultural Commissioner come January and hopefully out of politics completely.

  • A thought

    April 15, 2022 at 1:41 pm

    Broward is swamp land they have to charge 5000 a month so world order gets your cash and politics

  • Tom

    April 16, 2022 at 9:53 am

    FP Photographer had it for the fraud.
    2 weeks ago it was the chest full frontal shot. now it’s the Stevie Nicks, Rhiannon Smokey like photo.

    Fraud has no chance, she is electoral disaster. Keep on promoting her. Across the board landslide, she’ll just scream for 60 days non stop.

    Btw, you’d be surprised now much Broward is changing. FYI, state registration has GOP over 100, 000 in registration.

  • Tom

    April 17, 2022 at 8:28 am

    Nikki, more clarity bout the “sex” tape you alluded to on your website Friday and Sat, and taken down. Or was it just a Jessie Smollet strategy? Come on Nikki, waiting to hear.

    • Impeach Biden

      April 17, 2022 at 7:32 pm

      She is a desperate Demo hack. It’s over Nikki. You and the “fake scientist”, Rebekah Jones are done. Finished.

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