Nikki isn’t a politician. She’s a lifelong Floridian, lifelong Democrat, attorney, and passionate activist. She is a fighter and has been known for her ability to bring people of all parties and backgrounds together for a greater cause.
Nikki is running for Florida Agriculture Commissioner because she saw firsthand how our politicians failed the people with medical marijuana. Despite 72% of Floridians voting to approve a medical marijuana law, the Florida Legislature and Gov. Rick Scott have obstructed its implementation and denied access to sick, injured and dying individuals in our state.
Nikki is running for office to serve the people of Florida – not to deny and obstruct their will.
In addition to expanding access to medical marijuana, if elected, Nikki wants to:
- help revitalize the struggling agriculture industry in Florida by advocating for legislation to allow the growing of industrial hemp (currently authorized as a pilot program)
- support Florida farmers still recovering from the combined devastation of Hurricane Irma and citrus greening
- ensure that industry concerns are properly balanced with environmental and consumer protections
- emphasize and strengthen the role of the Department in consumer services, protections and advocacy
- be an independent voice on the Florida Cabinet on issues of clemency, oversight of the state pension fund, and major land-use decisions
Nicole “Nikki” Fried was born and raised in Miami and graduated from the University of Florida with a bachelor’s degree, a master’s degree and a law degree. At UF, she a member of Delta Phi Epsilon and served as the sorority’s treasurer, recruitment chair, member-at-large, and chapter advisor. Nikki also served as student body president, the first woman to hold the position in nearly two-decades prior. Nikki worked for the Alachua County Public Defender’s office after law school, where she was the head of the Felony Division. In private practice, Nikki defended homeowners against foreclosure during the 2007-2008 housing crisis, fighting big banks to keep families from evictions. Nikki currently resides in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.