On Wednesday, incoming Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried announced the leadership of her Inaugural Committee as she readies to take over as the only Democrat holding statewide office in the Sunshine State on January 8.
The chairs of Fried’s Inaugural Committee are her sister Jenni Shaffren and Ben Pollara. Pollara is a Miami-based political consultant who was a Senior Advisor to Fried’s campaign. Stephanie McClung will serve as Executive Director of the Inauguration efforts, McClung served as Senior Finance Advisor to the Fried campaign.
Heading up finance for the Inaugural Committee are longtime Democratic strategists and activists, Mitchell Berger, Kelly Cohen, Jodi Bock Davidson, Justin Day, Sean Pittman, Heather Turnbull and Stephanie Grutman Zauder.
“I could not be more honored to be a part of my sister’s inauguration,” said Shaffren on Wednesday. “Nikki is a tremendous inspiration to me, my 9-year old daughter – who adores and idolizes her Aunt Nikki – and to women and girls throughout our state. This is an incredible moment for our family, but also for the people of Florida, who I know Nikki will serve with the same level of commitment and integrity that I have always known her to have.”
“When Nikki is sworn into office, she will do so as a leader that all Floridians can count on, and who will follow through on the promises of her campaign,” Pollara said. “From January 8th on, Nikki will fight every day to expand access to medical marijuana, protect our clean water and beaches, and ensure concealed weapons permits are issued responsibly. I am thrilled to be part of a dynamic, diverse group of Floridians who will help welcome her into office.”
The complete list of Commissioner-elect Nikki Fried’s Inaugural Committee leadership is below:
Nikki Fried 2019 Inauguration Committee
U.S. Senator Bill Nelson
Senator Audrey Gibson
Representative Kionne McGhee
Chairwoman Terrie Rizzo
Mitchell Berger, Kelly Cohen, Jodi Bock Davidson, Justin Day, Sean Pittman, Heather Turnbull, Stephanie Grutman Zauder
Inaugural Host Committee
Michael L. Bronstein
Yolanda Cash Jackson
Alexander P. Heckler
Fedrick C. Ingram
Shellie S. Levin
Hon. Fred Lippman
Joseph R. Salzverg
Director of Scheduling and Advance
Director of Operations and Logistics
Matthew Van Name
Nick Merlino and Samantha Pollara