SARASOTA COUNTY (SNN TV) - A High School teacher, of Government no less, will oppose State Rep. Fiona McFarland in the District 73 race.

Derek Reich has filed qualifying paperwork to run for State Representative with the Florida Division of Elections, saying he will advocate for public schools, protect our environment, our most vulnerable senior citizens, and a woman’s right to choose. He is a big proponent of affordable housing, as well.

He says Rep. McFarland, a military veteran, sold out Suncoast kids when she voted to cut Sarasota County Schools funding by $12 million. 

Reich also said, “Piney Point poisoned our bay and beaches after decades of neglect in Tallahassee. Fiona and Tallahassee then took aim at our vulnerable seniors living in nursing homes and proceeded to cut their CNA care time by 20%. She even voted to ban abortions for victims of rape and human trafficking."

"Fiona and Tallahassee failed to provide affordable housing to our law enforcement officers, nurses, teachers, firefighters, waitresses, etc.," Reich continued. "Enough is enough. Fiona failed Florida. I will fight for the average Floridian, and work to solve the real issues affecting everyday residents of the Suncoast.”

Reich was born and raised in Sarasota County, lives in Venice and teaches 12th grade Government & Economics at Sarasota High School. The 27-year-old prospective State Rep attended Florida State University.

“I have dedicated my life to teaching and serving the next generation," Reich explained. "For me, the most important number in life is the
number of lives you touch. I am running for the privilege to serve my entire community in an additional manner.”

House District 73 covers parts of Sarasota County, including Sarasota, Venice, Longboat Key and Siesta Key. Prior to the 2020 re-districting, District 73 included much of Manatee County and parts of Sarasota County