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Dan Brady Will Seek Re-Election For State Representative In 105th District

State Representative Dan Brady will seek re-election in the 105th District in March primary and November election.

State Rep. Dan Brady announced Monday he will seek re-election in the 105th District.

Brady, a Bloomington Republican, will seek his 11th term in the March primary and the November general election.

"Our campaign will focus on my legislative record of getting results and standing up for our district’s values,” Brady said. “I am committed to making sure our budget stays balanced, we continue to invest in education, pursue further job-creating business reforms, get our skyrocketing property taxes under control, and enact good government reforms to make state government works for the people of Illinois."

Brady touted his support and passage of an additional $50 million in Monetary Award Program (MAP) grant funding and $35 million for the new AIM HIGH scholarship program, both to support Illinois college students. He also noted an "additional 5% (in funding) to all state universities, which means over $3.4 million in operational funds for Illinois State University."

In addition to funding for the university, Brady said he played a key role in passing the historic capital bill which would provide ISU with $160 million in funding for deferred maintenance and campus building and remodeling projects.

“It was a tough vote, but the good outweighs the bad for public safety and the investment for our roads and bridges,” Brady said. “We now have millions for the roads, bridges and jobs in the 105th.”

Brady also touted his role in job-creating business reforms for economic growth, which includes the Blue Collar Job Act, Manufacturers Purchase Tax Credit, Retailers Tax, and the data center tax incentive. 

“I have been a strong voice for the businesses in our community, and I am proud to say that these job creating reforms will help our district grow,” he said. “While there is still much work to be done, Illinois is a better place to create jobs and grow capital investment due to these reforms.”

Brady voted against abortion measures and recreational marijuana legalization, which he said do not represent the "values" of the 105th District.

Brady will face a rematch against Republican David Paul Blumenshine in the March GOP primary. Brady beat Blumenshine by 50 percentage points in the 2018 primary.

The winner of the GOP primary would face Democrat Chemberly Cummings, currently a Normal Town Council member, in November 2020.

The 105th District includes parts of Bloomington-Normal and much of eastern McLean County.

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Darnysha Mitchell is an Illinois State University student and reporting and social media intern at WGLT.
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