Last year Nikki Fried smashed a few barriers to become Florida’s new agriculture commissioner.

Fried was the first Democrat elected to the Florida Cabinet since Alex Sink in 2006. Fried also became the first woman ever elected state agriculture commissioner. And being from heavily urbanized South Florida, she is the first ag commissioner without some demonstrable link to Florida’s farming or ranching communities.

Although a product of the city, Fried seems committed to understanding the needs of the agricultural interests and rural communities she serves. But of late, she has exhibited a puzzling and annoying tendency to keep campaigning.

For example, Fried’s department affixes a sticker on gas pumps throughout Florida to confirm they have been dutifully inspected for accuracy. The blue and green label on 120,000 pumps features a picture of Fried against a bright yellow background smiling pleasantly at the consumer.

Palm Beach Post columnist Frank Cerabino has called the stickers “a shameless attempt at self-promotion.” Speaking of self-promotion, Fried this summer has regularly issued campaign fundraising emails with a tenuous link to her official duties.

One received recently called attention to Women’s Equality Day. Another, after one of President Donald Trump’s sycophants called the president the “King of Israel,” Fried sought donations by arguing that Trump has “politicized the State of Israel in an effort to divide the Jewish community.”

Fried also used a fundraising email to tout a South Florida Sun-Sentinel editorial praising her as a “public watchdog.” In June, as Trump prepared for his re-election kickoff event in Orlando, she pleaded for financial support to fight Republicans who “have been dedicated to restricting voter rights in the Sunshine State.”

Fried wrote, “We know Trump has never been on our side in this state — whether he’s hurting our farmers with tariffs or auctioning off our coastal waters for offshore drilling of gas and oil. ... We need to focus all of our attention and energy on ensuring President Trump is defeated in November of 2020.”

That particular email is illustrative. It shows that Fried will reference agricultural interests in her pitches for money, but almost as an afterthought.

A mid-August request for donations from Fried did talk about farmers to a large degree. She blasted Trump’s “terrible tariffs,” maintaining they will have “lasting, disastrous effects on Florida’s farmers ... causing $389 million in losses to our state’s agriculture industry.”

Trump and many of his Democratic rivals request cash in emails that flood in-boxes several times a day. But at least they are running for something. Fried is not.

Her repetitive fundraising pleas are unseemly and raise questions, at least to us, about her commitment to a job she’s had less than eight months.

Commissioner Fried, we encourage you to stop this. The people of Florida elected you to the job you said you wanted last fall. Focus on that, especially as it pertains to improving the economic well-being of our farmers, ranchers and timber-growers, and not Trump or other unrelated politics.