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Bloomington lawmaker to announce political plans Wednesday


State Rep. Dan Brady of Bloomington.
State Rep. Dan Brady of Bloomington.(25 News/Heart of Illinois ABC)
Published: Nov. 16, 2021 at 9:10 PM CST
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PEORIA (25 NEWS) - After two decades as a state lawmaker, Republican Rep. Dan Brady of Bloomington is expected to announce Wednesday he’s a candidate for Illinois Secretary of State.

In a news release sent to the news media Tuesday night, Brady said he’ll announce his candidacy for an unspecified statewide office, but his organization “Friends of Dan Brady” filed with the State Board of Elections last week an amendment to his campaign disclosure form stating that he plans to run for Secretary of State.

Brady has campaign announcements planned in Chicago and Bloomington on Wednesday, and Mount Vernon on Thursday. .

He would be the first Republican to officially enter the race to replace retiring Democrat Jesse White, who held that post since 1998.

Brady has served 20 years in the state legislature, and is currently the Deputy House Republican Leader. He’s also a Bloomington funeral director, and ex-McLean County coroner.

The Secretary of State’s duties - according to the office’s website - include running driver services, overseeing the state’s library and literacy efforts, and prompting organ and tissue donations in Illinois.

About 4,000 people work for the Secretary of State.

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