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Nancy Argenziano named running mate on Reform Party gubernatorial ticket

The former state representative and Public Service Commissioner was named running mate with Reform Party candidate Darcy Richardson.
Nancy Argenziano, seen here in 2012. [COLIN HACKLEY | Times],
Nancy Argenziano, seen here in 2012. [COLIN HACKLEY | Times],
Published Aug. 30, 2018

Nancy Argenziano, a former Republican state lawmaker from Crystal River who later served as chairwoman of the Florida Public Service Commission, has been named as the running mate for Reform Party gubernatorial candidate Darcy Richardson. Richardson filed the paperwork with the state Thursday.

"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 said in a prepared statement.

Argenziano, 63, served in the House from 1996 until 2002, when she was elected to the Senate. The Brooklyn-born Argenziano was once stripped of a House committee chairmanship after sending a box of cow manure to a lobbyist who opposed her on an issue.

She was appointed to the Public Service Commission in 2007 by former Republican Gov. Charlie Crist, who is now a Democratic congressman. Argenziano left the Republican Party in 2011 and unsuccessfully ran for the state House in 2012 as a candidate of the Independent Party of Florida.