Rick Minor, Chief of Staff to Tallahassee Mayor John Marks, is set to join Charlie Crist’s gubernatorial campaign, according to sources inside and close to the campaign.
Minor is expected to take on a policy-oriented role for the campaign.
At the Tallahassee City Hall, Minor’s role is to supervise both the Mayor’s office and the city’s contribution to a variety of local projects, including Local Business Saturday and Choose Tallahassee. He also works as the city’s intergovernmental and legislative liaison, serving as an advocate for federal and state policies to benefit residents and businesses in Tallahassee.
Minor, a former candidate for state House, recently withdrew his bid for the Tallahassee City Commission Seat 2.
In an email to WTXL-TV in Tallahassee, Minor based his decision on “family obligations” so he can “focus on providing for his family instead of becoming a full-time candidate for the next seven months.”
According to a biography on Minor’s former campaign website, he developed public policy for state and local governments, as well as spending time in the private sector, including overseeing the financial operations of a small business, managing accounts and making payroll.
He also spent nearly a decade as a consultant in business and information technology on a number of private and public sector projects “throughout the United States as well as in Germany, Hong Kong, Canada, South Africa, and Denmark.”
Minor is a native Floridian with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business. He has also earned a Master in Public Administration from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.