A longtime attorney and lobbyist has shifter gears for a run for Governor of South Carolina. Columbia attorney and lobbyist Dwight Drake has thrown his hat into the ring in what has suddenly become a crowded field for the Democratic nomination for Governor. The 64 year old Drake was a member of Governor Dick Riley’s administration.
He joins a field that includes Charleston County Senator Robert Ford, Charleston attorney Mullins McCleod, Kershaw County Senator Vincent Sheheen, and current SC Superintendent of Education Jim Rex.Earlier this year, Drake helped lead a lawsuit that eventually forced Governor Mark Sanford to accept $700 million in federal stimulus money. Drake says his focus will be on education and jobs.
Drake is a partner in the Nelson, Mullins, Riley and Scarborough law firm in Columbia. His practice focuses on government relations, legislative issues, and disputes involving government contracts.
Drake served as a member of Jim Hodges for Governor transition committee, executive assistant for Legislative and Political Affairs for Governor Dick Riley. He also served as legal counsel for Governor John West.