|2nd Chief Financial Officer of Florida|
January 2, 2007 – January 4, 2011
|Preceded by||Tom Gallagher|
|Succeeded by||Jeffrey Atwater|
|Born||Adelaide Alexander Sink
June 5, 1948
Mt. Airy, North Carolina, United States
|Spouse(s)||Bill McBride (1987-2012; his death)|
Lexi McBride Crawford
|Alma mater||Wake Forest University|
Adelaide Alexander "Alex" Sink (born June 5, 1948) is an American politician of the Democratic Party. Sink was the Chief Financial Officer for the state of Florida and treasurer on the board of trustees of the Florida State Board of Administration. She was the Democratic nominee for Governor of Florida and faced Republican nominee Rick Scott in the 2010 Florida gubernatorial election, losing to Scott by a 1% margin.
Sink was born and raised in Mount Airy, North Carolina, the daughter of Adelaide A. (née Bunker) and Kester A. Sink. Her maternal great-grandfather was Chang Bunker, one of the famous conjoined "Siamese Twins" Chang and Eng Bunker. She is a graduate of Wake Forest University. After graduating with a degree in mathematics, she taught in West Africa for three years.
Sink is the widow of Florida attorney and politician Bill McBride who was the unsuccessful Democratic nominee for Governor of Florida in 2002, making them the only married American couple to both run unsuccessfully in gubernatorial races. They have a son, Bert, and a daughter, Lexi.
Sink is a former President of Florida Operations at NationsBank, now Bank of America. She was appointed by former Governor Lawton Chiles to the Commission on Government Accountability to the People, and also served on Chiles’ Commission on Education. She was vice-chair of Florida TaxWatch. Sink has also served with the Florida Chapter of the Nature Conservancy, the Beth El Farm Workers Ministry, and as Chairman of the Board of the United Way of Hillsborough County.
Florida Chief Financial Officer
Sink was the Democratic candidate for Florida's office of Chief Financial Officer in 2006. She defeated Republican Tom Lee 53.5 percent to 46.5 percent. She also was the first Democrat elected to the state Cabinet since 1998.
2010 gubernatorial candidate
Heading into the 2010 cycle, Sink was mentioned as a possible candidate for the U.S. Senate or for Governor of Florida. In 2008, Sink stated that she would "assess the landscape after the first of the year, and make a decision then." In January 2009, Sink announced she would not run for either seat, preferring to stand for reelection as CFO. The announcement that Gov. Charlie Crist would forgo re-election to run for the Senate seat being vacated by Mel Martinez altered her position, and on May 13, 2009, Sink announced her intention to run for Governor.
On August 24, 2010, Sink won the Democratic primary for governor. She faced health care executive Rick Scott in the general election, as well as an independent (NPA) candidate, urban designer and policy analyst, Michael E. Arth. A former independent candidate, Bud Chiles, endorsed Sink in September.
On October 25, 2010, during a televised debate, Sink read a text message sent to her make up artist's cellular phone from a campaign official instructing Sink as to debate strategy, contrary to the rules of the debate. Sink fired the adviser who sent the text message.
After a close election, Sink conceded, giving victory to Scott. He carried 49% of the vote, and she 48%.
Sink is a consumer advocate and strict proponent of fiscal responsibility and accountability for government spending. She began measures of efficiency with her own department, the Florida Department of Financial Services, by saving an estimated $2.2 million in waste annually.
Florida Taj Mahal scandal
On August 30, 2010 Alex Sink sent letters to the Florida Supreme Court and Florida Department of Management Services that preliminary findings warranted an audit via her DFS, Bureau of Auditing for excessive spending on the First District Court of Appeal of Florida courthouse, referred to as the "Taj Mahal" by judges around Florida as their districts are facing budget cuts. The CFO's office states that money may have been misused and as much as $16 million may have spent in a financial raid on the state's Workers' Compensation Trust Fund. A $33.5 million bond for construction was attached to a transportation bill and passed on last day of the 2007 legislative session. This is an ongoing investigation by the CFO's office.
- Opposition to oil drilling
Sink supports a ban on oil drilling in Florida's waters. She also supports developing a comprehensive ocean management plan to protect and preserve Florida's coastal habitats, marine ecosystems, and ocean waters by identifying appropriate areas that can be used by regulated entities.
- Land conservation
On land conservation, Sink supports all of the programs that make up Florida Forever. She desires to work with the Florida Legislature to restore Florida Forever funding. Sink wants the State of Florida to acquire more land for preservation of resources as well as land connecting larger parcels for safe travel corridors for migration and large wildlife species movement in a natural habitat. These lands for public use will also remain on local government tax rolls.
- Water conservation
Sink states that she would emphasize protecting and conserving water, improving water quality, and increasing the water supply through reasonable timeframes for citizens and business. Sink also supports alternative water supplies through stable and adequate funding to allow the creation of alternative water supplies.
- Everglades restoration
Sink is a supporter of acquisition of land north and south of Lake Okeechobee for conservation purposes. She is a supporter of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan to restore the Everglades while still providing enough water for the urban, agricultural and environmental concerns. Sink would like to expedite federal approval of restoration projects and to ensure more federal funding which was part of the 50/50 state/federal partnership.
Sink supports improving Florida's public schools at the local level. Sink wants a timeline for transitioning pre-Kindergarten programs toward having at least one teacher with a college degree in every classroom, developing a statewide school dropout early warning system, reforming FCAT to raise student achievement standards, an updated curriculum, and use Florida Lottery funding to enhance educational programs, and as originally designed.
Sink is for stabilizing small business for the immediate and incentives for employers to keep jobs in Florida and begin expansion of the workforce through promoting economic sectors that create jobs. She has long-term goals of a stronger emphasis on R&D and commercialization of new products and boosting partnerships between our university faculty and private industry.
Sink supports the Supreme Court's 1973 ruling in Roe v. Wade (410 U.S. 113) which legalized abortion in the United States. Sink has been endorsed by Emily's List as pro-choice. In 2003, Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida honored Sink with its "Choice Award" for her outspoken support for women's rights and reproductive freedom. "She is the only pro-choice member of Florida's cabinet, and, as governor, will protect a woman's right to choose."
Alex Sink believes in the placement of children in a home where it is in the best interests of children regardless of gender preference. She addressed a group of 300 gay and lesbian advocates at the Museum of Art in Fort Lauderdale. She said, "We need a system in which all of our children are assured that they live in a healthy, loving home -- a home that's determined not by any law." "The decision has to be made by the judge, in consultation with the experts, to determine what is the best for that individual child."
Sink opposes an immigration bill modeled after Arizona immigration law (2010), saying that "The law passed in Arizona does not meet Florida's needs" and supporting that is the responsibility of the federal government to prevent immigrants from illegally crossing the border, stating that it is not the responsibility of the government of the state.
|Chief Financial Officer of Florida General Election, 2006 |
|Florida Gubernatorial Democratic Primary, 2010|
|Florida gubernatorial election, 2010|
|Independence Party of America||Peter Allen||123,831||2.31||N/A|
|Independent||C. C. Reed||18,842||0.35||N/A|
|Independent||Michael E. Arth||18,644||0.35||N/A|
|Republican gain from Independent|
- FLORIDA'S MOST INFLUENTIAL, Florida Trend (11-01-2004) p.26 ISSN:00154326.
- "Sink Concedes Florida Governor's Race to Republican Scott". foxnews.com. November 3, 2010. Archived from the original on 4 November 2010. Retrieved 2010-11-03.
- , St. Pete Times
- "2006 Election Results". Florida Department of State. March 1, 2007.
- "Florida Democrats revel in gained ground - St. Petersburg Times". Tampabay.com. Retrieved 2010-08-29.
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- Pat Hatfield, "DeLand's Urban Cowboy runs for governor: Can a Renaissance man with no money be governor?." West Volusia Beacon, 7-30-09, p. 1A, 12A
- Catron, Derek, "DeLand Man Enters Race for Governor," Daytona Beach News-Journal, June 15, 2010 
- Independent Bud Chiles Drops Out Of Florida Gubernatorial Race
- CFO website
- My Florida CFO, CFO Alex Sink to Audit Department of Management Services Courthouse Contracts.
- Alex Sink official website
- Alex Sink Waiting For Her GOP Opponent CBS 4 South Florida News, Aug 17, 2010. "Of the latest political issues she supports healthcare reform, is against near shore oil drilling, and would like to overhaul Florida's illegal immigration problems"
- Alex Sink EMILY's List
- Miami Herald, Sink backs adoption by gays, lesbians. November 16, 2009
- "Chief Financial Officer Election Results". Florida division of elections. November 7, 2006. Retrieved November 7, 2006.
- "Florida Gubernatorial Primary Results". Politico. August 24, 2010. Archived from the original on 23 August 2010. Retrieved August 24, 2010.
- Florida Department of Financial Services
- Alex Sink for Governor official campaign website
- Biography, interest group ratings, public statements, vetoes and campaign finances at Project Vote Smart
- Campaign contributions at FollowTheMoney.org
|Chief Financial Officer of Florida
|Party political offices|
|Democratic nominee for Governor of Florida