TALLAHASSEE, Fla - Florida's female candidates for statewide office include mothers, lawyers, a retired Navy Commander and a former bank president.
Democrat Alex Sink wants to be the state’s first female governor. Sink says, “We, by our very natures, are people who can keep a lot of balls in the air and solve problems."
Republican Pam Bondi is running to be the state’s first women Attorney General. Democrat candidate for CFO Loranne Ausley, likes the idea of serving with female Democrats, but her politics trump gender.
Republican Jennifer Carroll is running for Lt. Governor. Carroll calls the female candidates trailblazers. "This is an opportunity for females who want to be involved and engaged in the political process to see us and think, if we can do it, they too can do it.”
There have only been six women elected to the state cabinet since 1902.
If women win the day in November, Florida’s glass ceiling would be shattered. Political scientist Carroll Weissert says this could be the year. “People want women in office because they trust them more than men and they view them as outsiders.”
The only cabinet office women aren’t seeking: Commissioner of Agriculture; which means men will own the farm for at least four more years.