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Rep. Dan Brady wins second straight primary battle


BLOOMINGTON - (HOI) - For the second time, State Rep. Dan Brady of Bloomington has beaten back a challenge from the conservative wing of the Republican Party.

Brady on Tuesday defeated local realtor David Paul Blumenshine.

Even though the 105th District extends beyond McLean County, the clerk's office there reported Brady earning 62 percent of the vote versus nearly 38 percent for Blumenshine.

Blumenshine argued Brady should not have supported the Democratic governor's plan to double the gas tax last year, which fueled funding of road improvements and other projects.

Brady, a funeral director and former McLean County coroner, declared victory on his Facebook page.

"Right now, my top priority is working to protect the public from the outbreak of the coronavirus. Other issues include fair map reform, property tax relief, and combating political corruption in Springfield that has plagued our state for decades." said Brady.  

Blumenshine appeared to concede the race on his Facebook page.

"I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith," Blumenshine said.

Brady was first elected to the state legislature since 2001.  He's Deputy Minority Leader in the House, which ranks him second among House Republicans. 

Brady's 105th legislative district seat covers all of Normal, Bloomington's east side, eastern McLean County, and parts of Livingston County, including Fairbury.  

Brady is expected to face Democrat Chemberly Cummings, who's a Normal Town Council member, and ran unopposed in Tuesday's primary.

Howard Packowitz

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