State Rep. Garey Bies, R-Sister Bay, announced in a release Friday he will run for Wisconsin secretary of state in 2014.
“Seven terms has been a great run and now I am ready for a new challenge,” Bies said in the release.
Bies also said in the release during current Secretary Doug LaFollette’s, D-Madison, nearly four decade career “affairs have slid towards bureaucratic predictability.”
“It’s time to apply a fresh and pragmatic perspective to this office,” Bies said.
Bies said he hopes to one day eliminate the position of secretary of state but will run for the position while it remains.
Other candidates include La Crosse telecommunications professional Julian Bradley, Racine accountant Bill Folk and Neenah mortgage executive Jay Schroeder, all three of whom are running for the Republican nomination.
Previous Waupun Common Council member Rohn Bishop, one of the first candidates to enter the race, dropped out Feb. 19 and endorsed Bradley.