As a Sarasota resident of three decades, Drake and his wife and partner Amiee have made lifelong friends, grown their family, built their law practice, paid their taxes, and known they’ve lived in the best community in the world – Sarasota’s District 72.
It is in this district where Drake and Amiee started their law firm with seventy dollars in a rented conference room and where they raised their three children, all of whom graduated from Riverview High School (Go Rams!). Two of his children and a son-in-law have followed in Drake’s footsteps and joined the firm, making it a true family business. Their firm is located in the heart of District 72, right across the street from Phillippi Mansion – where Drake and Amiee exchanged their vows years ago on the banks of the beautiful, but now polluted Phillippi Creek.
On July 26, 2019, the day Drake filed his candidacy paperwork, they welcomed their first grandchild and fourth member of the family to have been born at Sarasota Memorial Hospital.
I've made a career out of standing up to governments and large corporations based on that principle. While serving on local neighborhood associations, I've witnessed the high price that many neighborhoods have paid for neglectful government. The same is true for us here in House District 72.
I know this district because I've lived here for decades. My friends live here and span neighborhoods North to South from The Oaks and Vamo, to Gulf Gate, Siesta Key, Arlington Park and The Meadows. Much like our district, my friends come from many different backgrounds. They are Democrats, Republicans, Independents and people who have given up on the system entirely. I share my table with those who practice many faiths and those with none at all.
Like many of you, I've had my throat burned by Red Tide, been frustrated by the traffic congestion, worried about the water flowing from my kitchen faucet and watched as the best school system in Florida has been undermined by for-profit education companies and special interests.
And like many of you, I am dismayed at the recent lack of civility and compromise in government, replaced instead by suspicion and division. The outcome is gridlock and a disservice to us all.
When elected, I will have only one analysis: Will this decision make my neighbors’ lives better, or worse?
I will work with my colleagues, regardless of party affiliation, to protect our district's interests, environment and economy and ensure that all of our voices are heard. I firmly believe that there is far more that unites us than divides us, both as human beings and as a community, and it is with that principle that I intend to lead District 72.