Brad Drake qualifies for ballot by petition in HD 5 race

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Brad Drake announced he has qualified by petition for the House District 5 race.

The former Republican state Representative submitted 1,021 valid petition signatures, exceeding the 997 signatures needed to meet the requirements for the 2014 ballot.

In a statement released on Monday, Drake said most of the signatures came from Walton County, the region containing more than half the district’s Republican electorate.

HD 5 is considered a safe GOP seat, where Rick Scott took 61% of the vote in 2010.

“It is an honor to receive such strong support from those that know me best: the voters of House District 5,” Drake said. “Our community is looking for a proven conservative that shares our values and knows how to get the job done, and I’m very thankful that they are giving me the opportunity to earn their vote again.”

After two terms in the Florida House, Drake stepped aside after redistricting in 2012, allowing Republican Rep. Marti Coley to finish her final term in the seat representing Holmes, Jackson, Walton, Washington counties and part of Bay County.

Drake worked as Legislative Aide to Rep. Don Brown prior to running for Brown’s seat in 2008. He currently serves on the Northwest Florida State College Board of Directors.

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