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All signs point to statewide office run for Bloomington lawmaker


State Rep. Dan Brady
State Rep. Dan Brady(25 News/Heart of Illinois ABC)
Published: Nov. 11, 2021 at 8:24 PM CST
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PEORIA (Heart of Illinois ABC) - State Rep. Dan Brady of Bloomington wants to become Illinois’ next Secretary of State, but he won’t formerly announce his political intentions until early next week.

On Wednesday, the organization “Friends of Dan Brady” filed with the State Board of Elections an amendment to his campaign disclosure form stating the veteran lawmaker intends to run for Secretary of State.

In a text message to Heart of Illinois ABC, Brady said he will “have an update for all” early next week.

Brady would be the first Republican to enter the race to replace retiring Democrat Jesse White, who’s held the job since 1998.

Brady has been a state representative for 20 years, and is currently the Deputy House Republican Leader. He’s also a Bloomington funeral director and former McLean County coroner.

The Secretary of State runs an office with about 4,000 employees. Its functions include driver services, overseeing state’s library and literacy efforts, and promoting organ and tissue donations in Illinois.

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