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Alex Sink
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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
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Adelaide "Alex" Sink (b. June 5, 1948, in Mount Airy, North Carolina) was a 2014 Democratic candidate seeking election to the U.S. House to represent the 13th Congressional District of Florida.[1][2] She was defeated by David Jolly in the general special election on March 11, 2014.[3]

She was a former Chief Financial Officer and State Fire Marshal for the State of Florida.[4] She was also treasurer of the board of trustees of the Florida State Board of Administration.

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

FL CFO (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.


Immigration reform

When asked about immigration reform at a debate on February 25, 2014, Sink replied, “Immigration reform is important in our country. It’s one of the main agenda items of the beaches chamber of commerce, for obvious reasons. Because we have a lot of employers over on the beaches that rely upon workers and especially in this high-growth environment, where are you going to get people work to clean our hotel rooms or do our landscaping?...And we don’t need to put those employers in the position of hiring undocumented and illegal workers.”[5] Her Republican competitor was quick to pounce.

Jolly responded at a news conference on February 27, 2014, “I think Alex Sink’s comments reflect a bigotry that should disqualify her from representing the people of this community and should disqualify her from serving in the United States Congress. I think it was a disgusting comment.”[5]



In January 2014, Sink defended herself against claims that she was a "carpetbagger," after she moved into the district from Thonotosassa, Florida, approximately 30 miles away.[6][7] Sink justified the move, and said that she had years of business experience in the district and a good knowledge of the area.[6]

“It’s not like I moved from Miami,” she said.[6]

State Rep. Kathleen Peters (R) responded by saying that Sink "barely put her big toe in the community."[6]



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

Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Steve Israel reportedly called Sink in March 2014 to discuss plans to run again in November 2014.[8]

“I believe if Alex Sink decides to run, she will win in November. We will do everything — and I mean everything — to support her in that endeavor...I did call her last night and left a message. My message was, I think she ran a great race and if this election were in November versus March, I believe she would have won, and I encouraged her to speak with us about continuing this campaign to victory in November...I have not heard back from her...This is just the day after the special, so we haven’t started thinking about who else may be viable. I am hopeful that Alex and I can talk soon,” Israel said.[8]

On March 13, 2014, Sink said she is "keeping an open mind" about running against David Jolly again in November 2014.[9]

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

Sink ran in the special election for the U.S. House, representing Florida's 13th District.[1][2] Sink ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on January 14, 2014.[10] She was defeated by David Jolly in the general special election on March 11, 2014.[3]

U.S. House, Florida District 13 General Special Election, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Jolly 48.5% 88,294
     Democratic Alex Sink 46.6% 84,877
     Libertarian Lucas Overby 4.8% 8,799
Total Votes 181,970
Source: Unoffocial Results via Associated Press


On November 27, 2013, Rep. Kathy Castor announced that she would host a fundraiser for Sink.[11] The event took place on December 17, 2013. Contributions ranged from $5,000 to be a chair, $1,000 to be a host or $250 for admission.[11]

Sink announced on December 19, 2013, an endorsement from Realtors Political Action Committee (RPAC), the political arm of the National Association of Realtors.[12][13] In a statement, Pinellas Realtors Organization chair Brandi Gabbard said Alex Sink’s hard work on housing issues during her business career and her tenure as Florida Chief Financial Officer as the primary reasons for their support.[12]

“Alex Sink has been a strong leader for REALTORS® and homeowners, including leading the charge to ensure that affordable, long-term financing is available to prospective homebuyers. She has a proven record of working with Republicans and Democrats to get results for Florida families,” said Gabbard. "In Congress, I have every confidence Alex Sink will continue to stand up for homeowners and REALTORS® and ensure our voices are heard,” continued Gabbard. “She will protect the mortgage interest deduction and equally important will work to return fairness to the flood insurance market.”[12]

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.[14]

Other endorsements and contributions came from:[15][16][17]


General election match-up
Poll David Jolly (R) Alex Sink (D)Lucas Overby (L)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Public Policy Polling
March 7-9, 2014
PMI Inc.
February 25-27, 2014
St. Pete Polls
February 25, 2014
Fabizio, Lee and Associates
February 17-18, 2014
St. Leo University
February 9-11, 2014
Braun Research
February 4-9, 2014
January 24, 2014
McLaughlin & Associates
January 21, 2014
St. Pete Polls
January 15, 2014
St. Pete Polls
November 5, 2013
AVERAGES 41.9% 45% 3.6% 9% +/-4.13 704.9
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted. 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


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.[18]

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

Campaign donors


Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Sink's reports.[19]

Alex Sink (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Pre-Special[20]January 2, 2014$0$0$(88,787)$1,054,488
Year End[21]January 31, 2014$1,054,488$90,754$(2,393)$1,142,848
Running totals

Between October 1, 2013, and December 25, 2013, Sink (D) raised approximately $1.1 million, with contributions coming from Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, and House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer.[22][23] Sink took criticism after financial disclosures revealed that 83 percent of her donations came from outside Pinellas County and the state of Florida.[7]


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.[24]

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External links


  1. 1.0 1.1 Politico, "Alex Sink announces for Bill Young Florida seat," accessed October 30, 2013
  2. 2.0 2.1 Tampa Bay Times, "Alex Sink 'very interested' in C.W. Bill Young's House seat," accessed October 23, 2013
  3. 3.0 3.1 Associated Press, "U.S. House - District 13 - General," accessed March 11, 2014
  4. Biography from Project Vote Smart
  5. 5.0 5.1 Washington Times, "Democrat slammed for stereotyping immigrants as maids," accessed March 4, 2014
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 Washington Post, "Democrat Alex Sink: ‘It’s not like I moved from Miami’," accessed January 13, 2014
  7. 7.0 7.1, "FL’s special election darling sinks to top with out-of-district cash," accessed January 16, 2014
  8. 8.0 8.1 Roll Call, "Steve Israel Lobbies Alex Sink to Run in the Fall," accessed March 13, 2014
  9. Tampa Bay Times, "Sink: 'Open mind' on November run," accessed March 17, 2014
  10. Associated Press, "Florida - Summary Vote Results," January 14, 2014
  11. 11.0 11.1 Tampa Bay Tribune, "Castor to raise $$ for Sink," accessed November 27, 2013
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 Tampa Bay NewsWire, "Alex Sink announces REALTOR® support for U.S. House election," accessed December 23, 2013
  13. Open Secrets, "National Assn of Realtors," accessed December 23, 2013
  14. Roll Call, "EMILY’s List Backs Sink After Ditching Ehrlich in Florida Special Election," accessed October 31, 2013
  15. Politico, "David Jolly wins GOP primary in Florida," accessed January 14, 2014
  16. Politico, "Fla.’s Alex Sink dominating cash race vs. GOP," accessed January 6, 2014
  17. Sunshine State News, "Business, Union Groups Rally Behind Pinellas County Special Election Candidates," accessed February 10, 2014
  18. Florida Division of Elections, "Governor and Lieutenant Governor: General Election," accessed November 8, 2010, November 29, 2010, and December 21, 2010
  19. Federal Election Commission, "Alex Sink 2014 Summary reports," Accessed February 20, 2014
  20. Federal Election Commission, "Pre-Special," accessed February 20, 2014
  21. Federal Election Commission, "Year End Report," accessed February 20, 2014
  22. Politico, "Fla.’s Alex Sink dominating cash race vs. GOP," accessed January 6, 2014
  23., "FL’s special election darling sinks to top with out-of-district cash," accessed January 16, 2014
  24. Tampa Bay Times, "Bill McBride, 67, former candidate for governor and husband of Alex Sink, dies of heart attack," December 24, 2012