2014 Election State & National News

Crist taps Annette Taddeo as Running Mate

July 17, 2014

Charlie Crist, who is seeking the Democratic nomination for governor, today announced Miami businesswoman Annette Taddeo as his nominee for Lieutenant Governor. Taddeo is the working mother of a eight-year-old daughter and founded and runs her own small business in Miami.

“Annette is a remarkable woman and a classic American success story,” said Crist. “She will make an excellent Lieutenant Governor because as a working mom she knows Florida families are struggling to pay their bills, raise their kids, and save for retirement – and because she believes, as I do, that all Floridians deserve a fair shot at success.”

“As a working mom and a small businesswoman, I am thrilled to serve with a man who has always fought for Florida’s middle class families,” said Taddeo. “We deserve a governor who understands the struggle our families and seniors are facing and works every day to make our lives better – not harder.”

Annette is founder and CEO of LanguageSpeak, a language services company that offers translations in over 240 languages. In addition to running her successful business for nearly 20 years, Annette has been a leader in creating opportunities for women in business and politics, serving as chair of the Women’s Enterprise National Council’s Leadership Forum and of the Women’s Chamber of Commerce of Miami-Dade County, and serving today on the board of the bipartisan Women’s Campaign Fund.

She served as Chair of the Miami-Dade Democratic Party, and in 2008 she was the Democratic nominee for Congress in South Florida’s 18th District, raising over $1.3 million and receiving more votes than any other Democrat to run in that district.

Annette is married to Dr. Eric Goldstein, a psychologist. She has twin 24-year-old step-daughters, Danielle and Katherine, and a 8-year-old daughter, Sofia. The family lives in Miami.

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