A PUBLIC SERVANT WITH BUSINESS & NONPROFIT EXPERIENCE
Rick Minor is the Chief Executive Officer of the Big Bend’s nonprofit food bank. Under his leadership, the food bank has grown by 20% over the past year, providing more than 8 million meals to local families and individuals struggling with hunger. It coordinates with more than 130 agency partners -- churches, schools, and other nonprofits -- to serve about 55,000 people each month.
Rick is also the former Chief of Staff to the Mayor’s Office at Tallahassee’s City Hall. In this role, he was responsible for managing both the Mayor’s office and the City’s involvement in various projects such as Local Business Saturday, Choose Tallahassee, and the DeSoto ‘America’s First Christmas’ site. He also functioned as the City’s intergovernmental and legislative liaison, advocating for federal and state policies that benefited Tallahassee's residents and businesses.
Throughout his career, Rick has developed public policy for state and local governments but he's also spent a great deal of time in the private sector. He has run the financial operations of a small business, managing accounts and making payroll for employees.
In addition, Rick spent nearly a decade as a business and information technology consultant, working on numerous private and public sector projects throughout the United States as well as in Germany, Hong Kong, Canada, South Africa, and Denmark.
Rick is a native Floridian with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business. He has also earned a Master in Public Administration from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.
A COMMUNITY LEADER
Believing that good work begins in our own backyard, Rick is dedicated to community service in Tallahassee.
Rick is President of KCCI’s Tallahassee Music Week, an annual 10-day celebration of local musicians and music diversity. Over the past three years, hundreds of musical performances have taken place at more than 50 locations throughout Tallahassee. Most events have been free and open to the public.
He has taught government at Florida State University and Tallahassee Community College. He is also a member of Leadership Tallahassee Class 26, the Capital City Tiger Bay Club, the Network of Entrepreneurs & Business Advocates (NEBA), the Capital City Kiwanis Club and Trinity United Methodist Church.
Additionally, Rick has been a member of the Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce, and he served on the boards of the Tallahassee-Leon Shelter and the Tallahassee Citizens’ Police Academy Alumni Association.
As Chair of the City of Tallahassee's United Way campaign, Rick led the fundraising effort that raised nearly $240,000, an all-time City of Tallahassee record.
In 2008, the C.K. Steele Foundation honored Rick for his service to the Tallahassee community and in 2015 he was a finalist for Leadership Tallahassee’s Leader of the Year Award.
A FAMILY MAN
Rick married Jessica Lowe-Minor in 2009 and their first child, Madeline Grace Minor, was born on New Year's Day 2014. In addition to their young daughter, Rick and Jessica are the proud "parents" of a cat, a dog and a horse.
When time allows, Rick's favorite pastimes include: taking strolls with his wife and daughter at Cascades Park and Lake Ella; kayaking on the Wakulla River; and listening to the Beatles, Stevie Wonder, Johnny Cash, 80's music, Frank Sinatra and Nat King Cole.
Thanks to you, on Election Night our campaign secured enough votes to win outright! I simply can’t express how grateful I am for your support.
We defeated the runner-up, Emily Fritz, by more than 17 percentage points: 50.4% to 33.3%! And since we garnered a majority of the votes cast, we avoided a run-off election. Our margin of victory for the majority was razor thin -- just 69 votes out of 16,328 votes cast in County District 3.
That means that every single thing you did made a difference! Your vote. Your conversations about my candidacy with friends, family, and co-workers. Your sign-waving on Election Day. Your campaign donation, whether it was $250 or $5. Our margin for the majority is so thin that if just one of these things hadn’t taken place, we probably would have needed a run-off election.
In fact, the margin is so close that a recount will likely be conducted within the next couple of days. I have confidence in the Leon County Supervisor of Elections office, and I welcome a recount if one is required. I do not expect the results to change.
Thank you for believing in me and trusting me to represent the interests of Leon County's residents. While sign-waving at polling places on Election Day, I was humbled by voters who stopped to say that they'd voted for me and expected me to "make it count".
My commitment to them, and to you, is to "make it count". I will conduct myself with the highest integrity and will be dedicated to improving the lives of those in District 3 and throughout Leon County. We have a lot of work to do -- reducing crime, increasing economic opportunity and restoring confidence in local government -- and I’m eager to get started.
With this in mind, over the next couple of months I'll be holding "mobile office hours" in various locations around District 3 to hear from residents about their priorities and generate new ideas for moving forward. Please stay tuned to my Facebook page for specific information about those events, and feel free to contact me at Rick@RickMinor.com if you have any questions!
Thank you, again, for putting your faith in me -- I will work every day to make you proud!
All the best,