Florida down ballot state executive elections, 2014

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Florida Down Ballot State Executive Elections

Primary Date
August 26, 2014

General Election Date:
November 4, 2014

Florida State Executive Elections
Top Ballot
Governor Lieutenant GovernorAttorney General
Down Ballot
Treasurer, Agriculture Commissioner

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Two down ballot state executive positions are up for election in the state of Florida in 2014. The general election will be held on November 4, 2014.

Florida is one of 12 states to use a strictly closed primary process, in which the selection of a party's candidates in an election is limited to registered party members.[1][2][3]

Office Incumbent Assumed Office Incumbent running? General Election Candidates 2014 Winner Partisan Switch?
Chief Financial Officer Jeffrey Atwater
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2011 Yes[4] Republican Party Jeffrey Atwater
Democratic Party William Rankin
Pending
Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services Adam Putnam
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2011 Yes[5][4] Republican Party Adam Putnam
Democratic Party Thad Hamilton
Jeffrey Obos
Pending


Chief Financial Officer

Current incumbent

Republican Party Jeffrey Atwater

Candidates

Duties

The chief financial officer oversees the Florida Department of Financial Services. The department provides accounting and auditing services to state agencies, acts as the state's bank by disbursing and receiving funds into the treasury, and performs other financial duties. In addition, the department performs non-financial regulatory duties, including insurance licensing and fraud investigation, funeral parlor and cemetery licensing and public assistance fraud investigation. Notably, the chief financial officer also acts as state fire marshal, which certifies firefighters, sets training standards and investigations potential arson.

Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services

Current incumbent

Republican Party Adam Putnam

Candidates

Duties

The commissioner heads the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, an agglomeration of 13 divisions and 5 offices involved in the regulation and promotion of Florida's agriculture and consumer services industries. FDACS agencies establish rules for the state's animal, aquaculture, forestry, and produce industries, license producers, provide marketing support for the state's agribusinesses, and oversee emergency preparedness and law enforcement efforts covering the agriculture industry.

In addition to its agricultural duties, the department regulates various consumer services businesses, including motor vehicle repair shops, charitable organizations, dance studios, pawnshops, telemarketers, and several others.

See also

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