“Given the state of our democracy, is there any question we need to make major reforms? I am certain Darcy is up to the task,” said Argenziano. “When Darcy asked me if I wouldn’t mind getting back in the trenches, given the state of America and Florida in particular, I said yes — of course!”
Argenziano added that she draws inspiration from the legacy of John McCain, the maverick Republican Senator who passed away only a few days ago.
“Nancy’s record speaks for itself, she has been a champion for Florida consumers and is going to be an incredible asset for our campaign,” said Richardson. “Cleaning up the corruption in Tallahassee is no small job. As our next Lieutenant Governor, Nancy Argenziano will be the special interests’ worst nightmare.”
Argenziano was first elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 1996 and served there until her election to the Florida Senate in 2002. In 2007, Governor Charlie Crist appointed Nancy to a seat on Florida’s Public Service Commission. She was elected to chair the PSC in 2009.
Richardson will discuss his selection of Argenziano during an interview with Jacksonville’s WJCT-FM on Thursday. The two candidates will then have a full schedule that includes meeting with supporters and members of the media over the holiday weekend.
“I am deeply humbled that Nancy Argenziano has agreed to join the Reform Party ticket as our candidate for Lieutenant Governor,” said Richardson. “We are building a powerful coalition of former Republicans, Democrats, Libertarians and independents to challenge the status quo. Together we are going to give millions of forgotten Floridians a fighting chance for a better future!”
“We have learned that the two‐party system just doesn’t work for most average Floridians anymore,” said Joseph Wendt, Chairman of the Reform Party of Florida. “Voters are tired of politicians that line their own pockets with lobbyist dollars. They are tired of candidates from the extreme right and the extreme left. The Richardson/Argenziano ticket represents a genuine opportunity for Florida voters to take back their state government.”
About Darcy Richardson
Darcy Richardson is the Reform Party of Florida’s nominee for governor in the 2018 election. He is an author, historian and former Democratic presidential candidate. Additionally, Richardson has more than 15 years of experience working in the financial services industry. His early political experience included serving as the national campaign manager of Senator Eugene McCarthy’s 1988 presidential bid.
About Nancy Argenziano
Nancy Argenziano was a fiercely independent voice in the Florida legislature for more than a decade, serving as a State Representative and a State Senator. A one-time Republican, she has become disgusted with the direction her former party has taken in recent years. In 2007, Senator Argenziano was appointed to a seat on the Florida Public Service Commission by Governor Charlie Crist. Two years later she was unanimously elected to Chair the PSC.
About the Reform Party
The Reform Party of Florida was initially created by Ross Perot during his 1996 presidential campaign. It was recently revived by a group of former Republicans, Democrats and Libertarians who are sick of the current climate of hyper-partisanship.