Jake was born April 21, 1955, in New York City, in 1972 he moved to Miami, Florida.

Jake attended FSU and FIU before being hired by the City of Miami Beach as a career lifeguard. In 1978, he was asked to join the fire department as a Firefighter Paramedic. He subsequently manned the second busiest rescue unit in the nation. After 27 years of service, he retired and moved with his wife Leslie to New Smyrna Beach in 2003.

Jake has been active in the community long before he ran for City Commission in 2014. Jake is a common sense voice for the citizens of New Smyrna Beach. The needs of the New Smyrna Beach citizens are important to him and he strives to listen and ensure those voices are heard by the city.

Because of his passion for the Mosquito Lagoon and the Indian River, he has always been a vocal advocate for maintaining water quality for wildlife and for the people who enjoy and make a living off of this beautiful resource. Jake’s goal is to help improve, preserve, and protect our natural treasures.

Jake has often been the lone vote against the overbuilding that is happening in our beautiful city. He is against runaway growth while our current infrastructure needs improvements.  He endorses and supports our police and firefighters.

Jake is a member of the following organizations:

Marine Discovery Center
Southeast Volusia Audubon Society
Lions Club (2017 Lion of the Year)

Jake is a regular guy, who has our city, his residents and our environment in his best interests. He supports quality of life issues for the New Smyrna Beach residents by fighting runaway growth and sprawl by increasing open space for freshwater recharge for our aquifer.

He is interested in maintaining the character of the city and a quality way of life for New Smyrnans so that we don’t become just another exit on I-95.  He wants us to maintain a sense of place.