Members of the Black Press Association of Florida conducted annual meetings with cabinet officials by reviewing the 2020 priorities of two powerful state regulators; Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried and Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis. These elected officials run statewide like the governor and U.S. senators, and while they are not as well-known, they wield tremendous influence. That’s because they are regulators protecting Floridians and assisting them in a wide range of public services that impact their daily lives. Both of these cabinet officers are white, young, driven, and passionate about getting things done. Fried is a Democrat, and Patronis is a Republican. They share a common enthusiasm for their jobs and partner up on issues where they agree. That was refreshing. Here are some of the priorities we discussed.
Read about the visit in the Jan/Feb 2020 issue of ONYX Magazine.