Note: Ballotpedia will be read-only from 9pm CST on February 25-March 9 while Judgepedia is merged into Ballotpedia.
For status updates, visit
Ballotpedia's coverage of elections held on March 3, 2015, was limited. Select races were covered live, and all results will be added once the merger is complete.

Alex Sink

From Ballotpedia
Revision as of 11:26, 18 March 2013 by Maresa Strano (Talk | contribs)

Jump to: navigation, search
Alex Sink
Alex Sink.jpeg
Chief Financial Officer, State of Florida
Bachelor'sWake Forest
Campaign website
Adelaide "Alex" Sink (b. 5 June 1948) is the current Chief Financial Officer and State Fire Marshal for the State of Florida.[1] She is also treasurer of the board of trustees of the Florida State Board of Administration.

She was the 2010 Democratic candidate for Governor of Florida.


Alex 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 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


  • Wake Forest, B.S. mathematics

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 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.[2]

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, Bert, and a daughter, Lexi. Bill was an attorney and himself ran unsuccessfully for Florida's Democratic gubernatorial nomination in 2002.[3]

See also

External links