Brad Drake adds $61K for bid to return to Tallahassee

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Former state Rep. Brad Drake reported more than $61,000 in the final reporting period of the House District 5 Republican primary, which covers parts of Bay, Walton, Holmes, Jackson, and Washington counties.

During Aug. 9-21, Drake brought his total to $381,299 — spending $13,187 for a total of $319,250 in expenditures — to go into Tuesday’s primary with more than $62,000 cash on hand.

The Walton County Republican’s solid fundraising prowess resulted in raising twice that of Jan Hooks, Drake’s nearest GOP opponent.

In the 13-day fundraising period, Hooks raised only $100 for a total of $170,035, while spending $38,298 (for $168,622 to date). The Emerald Coast Realtor has left only $1,413 on hand. At the same time, Libertarian Party of Florida candidate Karen Barbara Schoen raised $275, bringing her total to $6,234.

A Northwest Florida native, Drake served in the House from 2008 to 2012. After 2012 redistricting, Drake’s district merged with that of Marianna’s state Rep. Marti Coley. Drake chose to step aside in support of Coley’s re-election.

Drake served as Rep. Don Brown’s legislative aide before running for Brown’s seat in 2008. He now serves on the Board of Directors of Northwest Florida State College.

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