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Republican jumps into race for secretary of state

Crain's Chicago Business

Thursday, November 18, 2021  |  Article  |  Greg Hinz

Bloomington state Rep. Dan Brady joins four Democrats seeking to succeed the retiring Jesse White.

Illinois Republicans have a candidate to succeed retiring Secretary of State Jesse White.

Ending some months of speculation, state Rep. Dan Brady, R-Bloomington, announced today that he would run for the job that traditionally had been a springboard for higher office but has been held by Democrat White for a whopping 24 years.

“I am running for Secretary of State to build the long-needed foundation our state needs to thrive,” Brady said in a statement. “I will focus on partnering with the brightest innovators and technology experts this state has to offer, addressing not only service efficiency but issues of cybersecurity and identity protection.”

In a related video, Brady, 60, noted his legislative work to expand the state’s organ donor program and promised to modernize drivers education programs.

Brady simultaneously released a list of endorsements, including from Republican U.S. Reps. Rodney Davis, Darin LaHood and Mike Bost and Illinois House GOP Leader Jim Durkin.

Brady is a funeral director by trade. He went to the state House after serving as McLean County coroner.

Four Democrats also are competing for the job: former Illinois Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias, Chicago City Clerk Anna Valencia, and Chicago City Council members Pat Dowell, 3rd, and David Moore, 17th.