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|Position            = U.S. House, Florida, District 13
|Position            = U.S. House, Florida, District 13
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|Current candidacy election date = [[Florida's 13th Congressional District special election, 2014|March 11, 2014]]
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|Status              = Candidate
|Political party      = Democratic
|Political party      = Democratic

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Alex Sink
Alex Sink.jpeg
General electionMarch 11, 2014
Candidate for
U.S. House, Florida, District 13
Prior offices
Florida Chief Financial Officer
Bachelor'sWake Forest
Date of birthJune 5, 1948
Place of birthMount Airy, North Carolina
Campaign website
Adelaide "Alex" Sink (b. June 5, 1948, in Mount Airy, North Carolina) is a former Chief Financial Officer and State Fire Marshal for the State of Florida.[1] She was also treasurer of the board of trustees of the Florida State Board of Administration.

She is a 2014 Democratic candidate seeking election to the U.S. House to represent the 13th Congressional District of Florida.[2][3]

She was the 2010 Democratic candidate for Governor of Florida.
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Sink is a native of Mount Airy, North Carolina. She studied mathematics at Wake Forest and made an extensive career in business before moving into public life.

She was working as the president for operations in Florida for Bank of America when Governor Chiles tapped her for the Commission on Government Accountability; she would also serve on the Commission on Education.

Her background includes roles such as:

  • Former vice-chair, Florida TaxWatch
  • Florida Chapter of the Nature Conservancy
  • Beth El Farm Workers Ministry
  • Chairman of the Board of the United Way of Hillsborough County


  • B.S. in mathematics - Wake Forest

Political career

Florida Chief Financial Officer (2007-2011)

Sink was elected Chief Financial Officer for the state of Florida in November 2006, becoming the first Democrat to win a cabinet level post. She was sworn in on January 2, 2007 and served until January 4, 2011, shortly after narrowly losing her bid for Governor of Florida to Rick Scott in the 2010 election.



See also: Florida's 13th Congressional District special election, 2014

Sink is running in the special election for the U.S. House, representing Florida's 13th District.[2][3] Sink ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on January 14, 2014.[4] She will face David Jolly (R), Lucas Overby (L) and Michael Levinson (I) in the special general election on March 11, 2014.


EMILY's List endorsed Sink in the special election. EMILY's List supports women candidates for office that support abortion rights. Previously, EMILY's List had backed Jessica Ehrlich, who was running in the special election. However, her name has since been removed from the site and Sink was officially endorsed.[5]


See also: Florida gubernatorial election, 2010 and Gubernatorial elections, 2010

When Sink first won election as Florida's CFO in November of 2006, she was already being named as a possible Senate and gubernatorial contender. With regard to the governor race, Sink initially said she would reassess the political landscape after the first of the year. She at first decided to pursue re-election; however, Charlie Crist's retirement and the subsequent open seat for governor persuaded her to change her plans.

Sink defeated Brian Moore in the August 24 primary, winning with 76.90% of the vote.

Sink was defeated by Republican Rick Scott in the general election on November 2, 2010.[6]

Florida Gubernatorial/Lt. Gubernatorial General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRick Scott/Jennifer Carroll 48.9% 2,619,335
     Democratic Alex Sink/Rod Smith 47.7% 2,557,785
     Independent Peter L. Allen/John E. Zanni 2.3% 123,831
     No Party Affiliation C.C. Reed/Larry Waldo, Sr. 0.4% 18,842
     No Party Affiliation Michael E. Arth/Al Krulick 0.3% 18,644
     No Party Affiliation Daniel Imperato/Karl Behm 0.3% 13,690
     No Party Affiliation Farid Khavari/Darcy C. Richardson 0.1% 7,487
     Write-in Josue Larouse/Valencia St. Louis 0% 121
Total Votes 5,359,735
Election Results via Florida Department of State


Sink and her late husband, Bill McBride, have one son and one daughter. Bill was an attorney and previously ran unsuccessfully for Florida's Democratic gubernatorial nomination in 2002.[7]

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