Nan Rich

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Nan Rich
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Governor of Florida
Former candidate
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Term limits 2 terms (8 years)
Prior offices
Florida State Senate District 34
Florida House of Representatives
BirthdayFebruary 9, 1942
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Nan Rich (b. February 9, 1942) was a Democratic candidate for Governor of Florida in the 2014 elections.[1]

Rich served in the Florida State Senate, representing 34 from 2004 to 2012. Prior to that, she was a member of the Florida State House of Representatives from 2000 to 2004.

Rich has worn many hats prior to her election to the Legislature in 2000. From 1996-1999 she served as the National President of the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW). Rich was the first Floridian to fill that role in the 116 year history of the Organization. In 1999, Ms. Rich was appointed by then President Bill Clinton to serve on the Board for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. In addition, Rich has many years of advocacy and community service experience, working with women, children, and families in the community, U.S., and Israel.

Rich attended the University of Florida from 1959 to 1961.

Committee assignments


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Rich was appointed to these committees:


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Rich served on these committees:



See also: Florida gubernatorial election, 2014

Rich ran for election as Governor of Florida. Rich was defeated by Charlie Crist in the Democratic primary on August 26, 2014. The general election takes place November 4, 2014. [2][1]

Democratic primary - August 26, 2014

Governor of Florida, Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngCharlie Crist 74.4% 623,831
Nan Rich 25.6% 214,993
Total Votes 838,824
Election Results Via:My Florida - Election Watch.

Race background

Republican incumbent Rick Scott is seeking a second term as governor in 2014.

Sources such as Governing, Larry Sabato's Crystal Ball, The Cook Political Report, The Washington Post and Daily Kos have rated Scott among the most vulnerable governors facing re-election in 2014.[3][4][5][6][7]

In June 2013, ex-Florida Sen. Nan Rich became the first Democratic candidate in the race. She was later joined by former Florida Gov. and newly minted Democrat Charlie Crist. Crist's candidacy looms heavy over Scott's re-election campaign, according to match-up and approval polls dating back as far as May 2012.[8][9][10]

Long affiliated with the Republican Party, Crist's first party switch occurred in 2010, when, after losing the Republican primary for U.S. Senate to Marco Rubio, he changed his registration to Independent as an alternative route to reaching the general election ballot. In the fall of 2013, Crist became a Democrat; This latest party makeover was widely interpreted as a strategic maneuver to help him unseat Scott in the 2014 governor's race.[11]

As the Crist story unfolded and media coverage about Scott's struggles increased, a slew of other lesser-known hopefuls began filing for the office, mainly as write-ins or with no party affiliation. By October 2013, there were over twenty potentials actively petitioning for a place on the primary and general election ballots.[12] When the filing window finally closed on June 20, 2014, the number had dropped to—a still crowded—eighteen qualified gubernatorial candidates. The Republican field settled to three, including Scott, while the Democratic field remained a head-to-head battle between Crist and Rich. Unopposed Libertarian nominee Adrian Wyllie earned a direct pass to the general election, along with nine write-ins and three candidates with no stated party preference.[13]

Under Article IV of the Florida Constitution, gubernatorial nominees are required to select running mates after the primary, though they are permitted to do so in advanced. Customs for selecting running mates vary across Florida's main political parties. For example, Crist was chided for breaking with party tradition when he announced Annette Taddeo-Goldstein as his lieutenant governor pick prior to the primary. "Because he’s been a life-long Republican, Charlie Crist might be excused for not knowing that Democrats typically don’t choose a running mate until they win the nomination," jabbed Nan Rich, his Democratic primary challenger, in a July campaign press release.[14]

Scott appointed Carlos Lopez-Cantera to replace resigned Florida Lieutenant Governor Jennifer Carroll in January 2014, over nine months after she resigned from office amid a public relations scandal. Since Lopez-Cantera's appointment occurred during a gubernatorial election year, his qualifications as a campaigner factored significantly into his selection. Scott and Carroll shared the ticket in 2010, so the governor was left with the responsibility of picking not only a new lieutenant governor to serve out Carroll's term, but also a new running mate for the 2014 election.

Scott and Crist handily secured their respective parties' nominations in the August 26 primary election.[15]

The governor and lieutenant governor will be elected on a joint ticket in the general election on November 4, 2014.


Governor of Florida: Scott vs. Rich
Poll Nan Rich (D) Rick Scott* (R)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Quinnipiac University Poll
(June 11-16, 2013)
Public Policy Poll
(September 27-29, 2013)
University of Florida Poll
(September 30-October 8, 2013)
Cherry Communication/Florida Chamber of Commerce Poll
(October 4-8, 2013)
Quinnipiac University Poll
(November 12-17, 2013)
Public Policy Poll
(January 16-21, 2014)
Quinnipiac University
(January 22-27, 2014)
University of Florida
(January 27-February 1, 2014)
Saint Leo University
(March 16-19, 2014)
Quinnipiac University
(April 23-28, 2014)
AVERAGES 33.9% 40.9% 20.4% +/-3.56 952.1
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to


Rich did not seek re-election to the state Senate in 2012.[16][17]


See also: Florida State Senate elections, 2010

Rich won re-election to the 34th District seat in 2010. She was unopposed for the November 2, 2010 general election.[18]


On November 7, 2006, Rich won election to the Florida Senate from Florida's 34th Senate district. Rich ran unopposed in the election. She raised $186,851 for her campaign.[19]

Campaign donors


Rich raised $155,077 in campaign contributions in 2010. The largest contributors are listed below.[20]

Florida State Senate 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Nan Rich's campaign in 2010
Dade County Classroom Teachers Association$1,500
Florida Democratic Party$1,218
Florida Association Of Realtors$1,000
Geo Group$1,000
Florida Optometric Association$1,000
Total Raised in 2010 $155,077


In 2008, a year in which she was not up for election, Rich collected $99,841 in campaign contributions.[21] The six largest contributors to her campaign were as follows:

Donor Amount
Hospital Corporation of America $2,000
Bright House Networks $1,000
Real Property, Probate, and Trust Law Section of the Florida Bar Association $1,000
Ronald L. Book $1,000
Becker and Poliakoff $1,000
Florida Hospital Association $1,000


In 2006, Rich collected $186,851 in campaign contributions.[22] The five largest contributors to her campaign were as follows:

Donor Amount
Wellcare Health Plans $1,500
Hospital Corporation of America $1,500
Bellsouth $1,500
Ronald L. Book $1,000
Florida Hospital Association $1,000


Rich and her husband, David, have four children.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Quinnipiac Poll, " Scott Chips Away At Crist Lead In Florida Gov Race, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Gov's Grades Are Low, But Best Ever," June 18, 2013
  2. Tampa Bay Times, "State Sen. Nan Rich running for governor in 2014," April 18, 2012
  3. University of Virginia Center for Politics: Larry Sabato's Crystal Ball, "2013-2014 Gubernatorial Races," April 29, 2013
  4. The Washington Post, "The Fix's top gubernatorial races," September 27, 2013
  5. Daily Kos, "Daily Kos Elections gubernatorial race ratings: Initial ratings for 2013-14," October 6, 2013
  6. Governing, "2014 Governors Races," September 10, 2014
  7. The Cook Political Report, "Governors Race Ratings 2014," September 15, 2014
  8. The Sun Sentinel, "Charlie Christ Announces Candidacy For Florida's Governor, As A Democrat," November 4, 2013
  9. Politico, "Ex-GOP Fla. Gov. Charlie Crist to run for job as Democrat," November 1, 2013
  10. The Daily Caller, "Charlie Crist briefly visits with Democratic Governors Association," January 9, 2013
  11. The Hill, "Charlie Crist joins Democratic party ahead of gubernatorial election," December 8, 2012
  12. Florida Division of Elections, "Candidate Listing for 2014 General Election - Governor," accessed October 7, 2013
  13. Florida Division of Elections, "Candidate Listing for 2014 General Election - Governor," accessed July 22, 2014
  14. Nan Rich for Governor 2014 Official campaign website, "Press release: Statement from Senator Nan Rich regarding Charlie Crist’s selection of a potential running mate," July 17, 2014
  15. My Florida - Election Watch, "2014 Primary, Unofficial Election Night Results," accessed August 26, 2014
  16. Florida Division of Elections, "Candidate List," accessed April 15, 2012
  17. Florida Department of Elections, "Official Primary Results," August 14, 2012
  18. Florida Department of Elections, "November 2, 2010, Election Results," November 2, 2010
  19. District 34 Florida Senate candidate funds, 2006
  20. Follow the Money - 2010 Campaign contributions
  21. 2008 contributions to Nan Rich
  22. 2006 contributions to Nan Rich

Political offices
Preceded by
Florida State Senate, District 34
Succeeded by
Maria Sachs (D)