Commissioner Scott Drake seeking first full term
Scott Drake joined the Decatur City Commission in 2013, winning special election to fill a vacancy created by the resignation of Decatur Mayor Bill Floyd.
Now he’s looking to secure his first full four-year term as a commissioner in the Nov. 3 elections. Drake is the son of former Decatur Mayor Walt Drake. Drake is running again for the District 1 Post B seat on the commission. Unlike other cities, Decatur’s mayor is elected by fellow commissioners. Drake has two opponents: Valencia Monique Breedlove and Eric Tumperi.
“I think there’s a lot of important issues going on in Decatur. We’ve got some good challenges ahead of us and some good momentum on a lot of other things,” Drake said. “I think serving on the commission is a great way to give back to the community. I’ve enjoyed the last two and a half years.”
Drake is a business owner with financial interests in the Decatur Pure Station and the Universal Joint restaurant.
He said if he’s reelected, he wants to focus his attention on development of the city’s downtown and initiatives to help seniors afford to stay in their homes. He said a proposal from the Decatur School Board to lower the school homestead tax exemption for seniors is “a pretty important initiative.”
“There are some downtown development initiatives that are important that we’re going to play a role in that benefit Decatur as a whole,” Drake said. “Obviously the downtown neighborhood is growing. We have more people living in the downtown neighborhood. A lot of the things in the neighborhood are important that I’ve heard, like traffic calming. Those are all kind of important things. Obviously the safety of the community (is important). Our police department is doing a great job. There will always be the new issues that come up that haven’t sort of bubbled up yet. Having a very balanced approach to how Decatur grows and handles its issues over the next four years is very important.”
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