SURFSIDE, Fla. — A woman married to Mike Stratton, a prominent Democratic strategist from Durango, is among those missing after a high-rise building in the Miami area partially collapsed Thursday morning, according to the law firm where Stratton works.
Cassondra Stratton is the wife of Mike Stratton, who works for the law firm Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck.
The firm said Stratton flew to Surfside, Florida Thursday.
Mike Stratton has played an active role in presidential campaigns, and in the campaigns for Senators Michael Bennet and John Hickenlooper.
He released the following statement Friday:
"Thank you to everyone who has reached out and is keeping Cassie in their thoughts and prayers, but most of all to the brave men and women working around the clock in unimaginable conditions to bring her and others home. Our family is forever grateful. Cassie is a wife, mother and true friend to so many. She brings a vivacious love of life to everything she does—whether as an actress, model or Pilates instructor. Thank you again for your continued prayers."
Four people are confirmed dead after the collapse. 159 are still unaccounted for.
Rescuers have been digging through debris to find survivors. Local leaders said search and rescue efforts could take days.
Thursday evening, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis declared a state of emergency in Miami-Dade County.
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