State Senator Bill Brady announces his 3rd run for Governor

By Beau Ebenezer

June 26, 2013 Updated Jun 27, 2013 at 10:03 AM CDT

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. -- Illinois State Senator, Bill Brady is no stranger to the race for Governor.

He ran for the position in the last two elections, narrowly losing in 2010 by nearly 30,000 votes to the current Democratic Governor, Pat Quinn.

Now in 2014, he is hoping it will be "third time's a charm".

"We truly believe in Illinois and whether it be getting a C rather than a D in class my parents always told me not to quit," said Brady. "I owe it to you all and all of the people who supported me in the last election to finish the job. That's what I am going to do."

Brady announced his candidacy in his hometown of Bloomington Wednesday evening.

He now joins three other Republicans in the race which include, Chicago businessman Bruce Rauner, State Senator Kirk Dillard, and State Treasurer Dan Rutherford.

Rutherford, from Livingston County, believes he has an edge.

"I'm the only one that has actually won a state-wide race," said Rutherford. "I am the only republican looking to run for governor who has actually done extremely well in the city of Chicago. If you look at our numbers downstate, we are dramatically great. It's phenomenal."

While Brady said dividing votes with Rutherford is a concern, he is confident his previous campaigning will put him above the other contenders overall.

"Our polling data and our strength in all 102 counties really does put me in the position, if the election were today, to beat Pat Quinn," said Brady. "I'm probably the only candidate who could beat him today."

Brady added that Bruce Rauner's personal wealth could pose a threat down the road if he chooses to spend millions of dollars in his campaign.

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