Rep. Brad Drake announces his 2014 bid for newly drawn House District 5

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Rep. Brad Drake (R-Eucheeanna) announced his bid for the newly drawn House District 5 in 2014, and declared his support for Rep. Marti Coley’s (R-Marianna) reelection to the House of Representatives.

The decision comes as a result of the new redistricting amendments to the Florida Constitution and their impact on the recently finalized district maps. Guidelines adopted by a supermajority of Florida voters changed the legal standards resulting in a record number of incumbents paired in single districts.  By avoiding a contentious primary election, the district has the potential of benefitting from a continuum of experienced, conservative leadership.

“I am stepping aside for the next two years because it is in the best interest of our community,” said Rep. Drake. “I am confident that Marti Coley can effectively represent our district; she currently represents part of Bay and Walton Counties and a majority of Jackson County.  She has overcome incredible adversity and accomplished much for Northwest Florida. I strongly support her reelection to the House of Representatives. And in the meantime, I will look forward to meeting with constituents, working with community leaders and continuing to learn how I may be helpful. It is my hope that voters will allow me to continue to be their champion for small government and positive economic growth for our wonderful area. Whether as a private citizen or as an elected official, I am committed to fighting for the interests of our region.”

“Rep. Drake has selflessly chosen to put the interests of the district above his personal ambition,” said Speaker Designate Will Weatherford (R-Wesley Chapel). “He is a true public servant, and I wholeheartedly support his future commitment.”

“I’ve known and worked with Rep. Drake for a longtime, and I’m honored that he has placed his trust in me,” said Rep. Marti Coley. “I am grateful for this opportunity to continue working to get our economy back on track. I look forward to campaigning hard to earn the voter’s approval for another term in the Florida House.”

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.