Here’s Who’s Running for Illinois Secretary of State – NBC Chicago

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For the first time in 24 years, Illinois is expected to have a new secretary of state.

First elected in 1998, Secretary of State Jesse White – the longest-serving secretary of state in Illinois history – announced in 2019 that he planned to retire at the end of his sixth mandate. White has been the top vote-getter in four of the last five election cycles in which he has been on the ballot, easily winning each race by around 30 points or more.

The Office of the Secretary of State is responsible for tracking millions of drivers and vehicles, registering companies and lobbyists, as well as overseeing the State Archives, Library and Capitol, among other responsibilities – generating billions in revenue and employing thousands of state workers.

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Four Democrats and two Republicans have lined up to try to succeed White, with most touting plans to modernize office technology and strengthen ethics oversight.

Here’s who’s up for your vote:

Democratic candidates for secretary of state, in order of appearance:

Alexis Giannoulias: Giannoulias previously served one term as Illinois Treasurer from 2006 to 2011. He ran unsuccessfully for the U.S. Senate in 2010, narrowly losing to Senator Mark Kirk in the race for the seat previously held by Barack Obama. , an early political ally whom he calls his mentor and has featured prominently in his ads. Before launching his political career, Giannoulias worked for his family’s Broadway Bank, which came under scrutiny for some of its questionable and high-risk dealings and was seized by federal officials amid his Senate campaign. After leaving office, Giannoulias worked in the financial industry and served as chairman of the board of trustees for Illinois Community College, and later the board of trustees for the Chicago Public Library. This time around, Giannoulias has been endorsed by the Cook County Democratic Party and is backed by several major unions, which in part helped lift him to a roughly three-to-one fundraising advantage over his closest opponent over the past year. and half.

Aldus. David Moore: Moore has served as an alderman for Chicago’s 17th Ward, representing parts of the city’s South Side since 2015. He worked in accounting before moving to the public sector, working at several government agencies, including the Chicago Department of Aviation and the Chicago Housing Authority. He is financially disadvantaged, having raised less than $100,000 for the race.

Clerk Anna Valencia: Valencia is the current City Clerk of Chicago. She took office in 2017 after then-Mayor Rahm Emanuel nominated her to fill the position created when Susana Mendoza was elected Comptroller of Illinois. Previously, Valencia served as director of Emanuel’s Office of Legislative Counsel and Government Affairs and previously worked in politics, for Rep. Mike Quigley and managing Senator Dick Durbin’s 2014 race. Valencia won high-profile endorsements, from White himself, to Durbin and Senator Tammy Duckworth as well as Governor JB Pritzker. But she faced questions and criticism over her business dealings with her husband, lobbyist Reyahd Kazmi, including emails and communications that appeared to advance his interests from his official government account. She also failed to reveal for two years on her city ethics statements that her husband lobbied for the safety of influential Monterrey, which she later changed and called an “honest mistake.” “. She has since vowed to put a firewall between their working lives, but critics have raised ethical concerns, noting that the secretary of state oversees the registration of all lobbyists in Illinois.

Sydney Moore: Moore, of Homewood, has never held elected office before and, according to his website, founded and runs a nonprofit organization.

Republican candidates for Secretary of State, in order of appearance:

Representative Dan Brady: Brady, of Bloomington, is a licensed funeral director and embalmer who has represented the 105th District in central Illinois since 2001. He was named to the House Republican leadership in 2003, becoming Deputy Minority Leader in 2017. Prior to his time in the legislature, he was elected Coroner for McLean County in 1992.

John Milhiser: Milhiser, of Springfield, served as the United States Attorney for the Central District of Illinois from 2018 to 2021 and prior to that served as a prosecutor with the Sangamon County State’s Attorney’s Office. He is on the statewide Republican slate that has financial backing from GOP megadonor Ken Griffin and includes gubernatorial candidate Richard Irvin. Thereafter, he has a nearly two-to-one cash advantage over Brady.

Edward K. Thompson