Republican Brad Drake has qualified to run for the Florida House of Representatives District 5 seat being vacated by term-limited Rep. Marti Coley of Marianna. An eighth generation Floridian, Brad currently resides in the Eucheeanna community in Walton County. Brad comes from a family of public servants in Florida’s panhandle area. His grandfather, J. Troy Peacock, represented Jackson County in the Florida House of Representatives in the 1930’s, 40’s and 50’s, and father, David Earl Drake, served as Superintendent of Walton County Schools from 1976 to 1980. His mother, the late Anna Kay Peacock Drake, taught school in the Walton County School District for 35 years.
After graduating from the University of Florida, Brad served as Legislative Aide to State Representative Don Brown for seven years before being elected to the House in 2008. While in office, he spearhead the effort to repeal the burdensome mandate of unnecessary septic tank inspections in North Florida, co-sponsored a Florida Constitutional amendment to prohibit the enforcement of the individual mandate of Obamacare and co-sponsored legislation to protect Floridians’ 2nd Amendment rights from unnecessary local regulation. When redistricting placed Brad in the same district as Representative Marti Coley in 2012, he chose to step aside and support her re-election.
Drake maintains that because Florida’s population is 19 million people and 17 million live south of Ocala, it is absolutely critical that Northwest Florida have an experienced and proven leader in Tallahassee. “When south Florida legislators come to the table, they don’t approach with benevolence. We better make darn sure that we have someone there that knows how to push back when warranted, appropriate adequate funding and shield our water.”
Carrying with him a list of priorities, Drake says that he wants to increase road and water utility infrastructure in Northwest Florida, wield policy reflective of the Florida and United States Constitutions and continue a process that he worked on previously in peeling back discovered regulatory barriers that are archaic or unnecessary.
In his last two years, 2010-2012, Drake sat on the House Subcommittee on Rules & Regulation. The Speaker of the House established this committee to allow all Floridians a public access point to make recommendations to the legislature where they could report unnecessary and burdensome red-tape obstacles. The committee would review the suggestions from the general public and vote to remove or repeal unnecessary statutes. Through lengthy discussions and deliberations on the regulatory climate, the legislators worked with the Governor to remove over 2,500 different rules that were on the books.
In addition to his prior legislative service, Brad Drake currently serves on the Board of Trustees at Northwest Florida State College. Drake is also supported and endorsed by the National Rifle Association, Florida Right to Life, Florida Police (PBA) and the Florida Professional Firefighters.
Florida House District 5 is made up of nearly 160,000 northwest Floridians and spans across the panhandle covering all of Walton, Holmes, Washington and Jackson counties and a portion of north Bay County.