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Melissa McKinlay announces she won’t run for Agriculture Commissioner

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Outgoing Palm Beach County Commissioner Melissa McKinlay introduced Monday she will not be operating to be the state’s subsequent Agriculture Commissioner, in line with an announcement obtained by Florida Politics.

“As I finish my last term this year, friends keep asking me what I am doing next,” McKinlay stated. “While I am certainly not closing the door on serving the public in the future, I have made one decision — I will not be running for Commissioner of Agriculture in November.”

McKinlay had been floated as a possible Democratic candidate to interchange Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried, who’s pursuing the Democratic nomination for Governor. Fried is the one Democrat to win a statewide election in Florida in latest cycles, and Democrats have been trying for a powerful candidate to match up in opposition to outgoing Senate President Wilton Simpson, the probably GOP nominee within the Agriculture Commissioner contest.

In the assertion explaining her choice, McKinlay cited the workload in her remaining 12 months on the Palm Beach County Commission, together with different roles she holds, as causes to choose in opposition to operating a statewide marketing campaign.

“Right now, Palm Beach County is deciding how to spend millions in federal infrastructure dollars, facing a dangerous affordable housing shortage, and combatting a relentless overdose crisis all while figuring out how to adjust to a sad new normal handed to us by COVID,” McKinlay stated.

“My colleagues across the state also unanimously elected me to serve in leadership roles at both the Florida and National Association of Counties, tremendously important roles as budget decisions are being made. These are roles I committed to serving. Right now, it is more important for me to be in my seat at the table helping to guide these conversations. Being locked away in a closet making fundraising calls for the next ten months is not what my constituents expect of me right now.”

McKinlay is a revered member of the Palm Beach County Commission and, going through time period limits in 2022, was seen as a powerful contender to step as much as a state-level job.

Her choice provides to Democrats’ diploma of issue in holding onto the Agriculture Commissioner place. Simpson nonetheless has to get via a GOP Primary, however former President Donald Trump has already endorsed him, and Simpson has unsurprisingly been an extremely sturdy fundraiser. He started the 12 months with greater than $12 million already readily available to spend this cycle.

While McKinlay is popping down the prospect to mount a statewide bid this cycle, she supplied appreciation to those that urged her to run.

“I would like to thank those that reached out encouraging me to take on this race. But, mostly to my family, especially my kids, who were willing to endure a grueling campaign trail if I decided to take that path,” McKinlay stated. “That kind of love and support is all I need right now.”


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