Alex Sink in full-campaign mode, touts “results oriented values” at Pinellas Democratic Club picnic

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Alex Sink, Florida’s former Chief Financial Officer and recently announced candidate for Pinellas County’s 13th Congressional District, appeared Saturday at the annual Largo/Mid-Pinellas Democratic Club Picnic.

Sink joined a group of residents, volunteers and community leaders who gathered at John Taylor Park in Largo to discuss key issues affecting the county and the district. She listened as the party faithful saluted her business administration as the state CFO, hoping to deliver that ability to Washington D.C.

“Everywhere I go in Pinellas, families are frustrated and angry that the reckless and irresponsible politics of those in Washington are holding us back,” Sink told the crowd.

The picnic follows Sink’s Wednesday announcement of her candidacy, as well as an early fundraising push, which is already $138,276 according to the ActBlue online campaign contribution website. The one-time 2010 gubernatorial candidate also received a key recommendation by Emily’s List, an influential group promoting Democratic women who support abortion rights.

“From ensuring that residents are protected from costly flood insurance increases, to cutting wasteful spending in order to create the right environment for businesses to create jobs, our country is facing real challenges and we deserve a representative who knows how to get solutions,” she added.

Gov. Rick Scott selected the dates this week for the special elections to fill the late Rep. C.W. Bill Young’s seat: The primary will be Jan. 14, 2014 and the general election will be on March 11.

“As a business leader and Florida’s Chief Financial Officer, I worked with both Republicans and Democrats to get results,” Sink said, “and it’s these problem solving, results oriented values that Pinellas residents are hungry for and that I want to bring to Congress.”

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