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Florida AFL-CIO endorses Nikki Fried in agriculture commissioner race



One of the state's largest coalition of labor unions has endorsed Democrat Nicole 'Nikki' Fried in her run for Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services. 

In a statement Tuesday morning, Florida AFL-CIO President Mike Williams said Fried would bring a "bold and innovative approach" that will "put the needs and rights of consumers first."

He said Fried is the commissioner "Florida workers deserve."

As one of 50 statewide federations of the national AFL-CIO, the Florida AFL-CIO represents 500 different labor unions including construction workers, health care professionals, teachers, agricultural workers, hotel and restaurant employees, transportation workers, firefighters, law enforcement and correctional officers.

"[Fried] will take on our state’s growing need for access to fresh and healthy foods in our local communities and stronger consumer protections from exploitative business practices," Williams said. 

The Florida AFL-CIO has also endorsed Tallahassee mayor and gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum and Democratic congressional candidates Debbie Mucarsel-Powell and Lauren Baer.

In a statement Tuesday, Fried said she plans to work with members and families across the state on issues ranging from consumer protection to healthy food.

“We will work together to ensure Florida's working families have the strongest consumer protections against fraud and abuse," Fried said. "Together, we will build a state where we support our local farmers, where everyone has access to clean water and a fresh and healthy food supply and we have a thorough and complete concealed weapons permitting process to keep our communities safe."

The endorsement news comes just two months before the general election, where Fried will face off against her Republican opponent, state Rep. Matt Caldwell. 

Fried has also snagged endorsements from the Florida State Council of Machinists Union and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU Florida). 

Photo: Nikki Fried campaign