Longtime central Illinois State Representative Dan Brady says he's not ready to announce if he'll run for re-election next year.
During a Sound Ideas interview, the Bloomington Republican Brady acknowledged there's a renewed interest in running for office among progressives in the state. But he says that has nothing to do with whether he'll seek a tenth term in Springfield.
"I haven't made any decisions (about) what I'm going to do in 2018," Brady said. "I've been trying to stay focused on this budget mess. I really have, and I have not laid out plans."
Brady said he has plenty of options, but it's not time to begin weighing them yet.
"There are other offices. There are other things that are going on. I have been named as Deputy Republican Leader and that has been something that has been more responsibility of trying to be in some of these (budget) negotiations," Brady added.
Brady said he's proud of his retail-style of grass-roots politics and says constituent service is one of the reasons he's been re-elected so many times. Earlier this month, Democrats took three of four open spots on the Normal Township Board of Trustees and also won the supervisor's race.
Brady was first elected to the Illinois General Assembly in 2000, when he narrowly won a three-way primary race, edging out Ed Brady by just 47 votes. That fall, Dan Brady had his only Democratic opponent, although the Green Party offered opposition twice in the mid-2000's with Brady handily winning each race.
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