A well-known Republican in La Crosse is gaining *national*
attention as he prepares for his upcoming race for
Wisconsin's Secretary of State.
The Republican State Leadership Committee just named
Julian Bradley's race one of fourteen to watch this
News 8's Brittany Schmidt has more on the republican
Thirty-three-year-old Julian Bradley was born in Balitmore,
I moved here in 1992 when I was 11 years old, I went
to Mount Calvary for 6th grade, Longfellow for 7th
Proud graduate of Central High School class of 99.
Although he is not a Wisconsin native...in his move
to La Crosse...Bradley says he found a home.
It's a beautiful place, it's a friendly place and
it's a very safe place.
The midwestern values seem to align and fit my values
However, early on....he realized his political values
didn't match his mothers.
She was a staunch democrat, so we were debating politics
one day and she said you sound like a Republican and
I said why would you say that, but then I started
to do the research on it and I found wow, I do sound
like a Republican because I am.
Most African Americans are democrats, not republicans.
And he is a republican, African American, that makes
him very unique frankly in many respects.
And from that moment on...Bradley jumped right into
politics and joined the Republican party in 2002.
When Bill Fien who was the chair, left to run for
political office, he actually moved up to be the chair
of the political party, so I would suspect he was
one of hte first African American heads of a county
Bradley has a long history of working behind the scenes
on many local races...
but *Now he is stepping out in front...
When I was on a speaking tour in 2013, I'd have people
ask me frequently why don't you run for office? And
I always answered the same way, I will run when i
find some place I can make a positive impact.
Bradley thinks he has found that place.
He is running for Wisconsin's Secretary of State...facing
Doug La Follette...who has been in office for more
than three decades.
Its never easy to defeat any kind of incumbent, especially
somebody with a famous last name that has been there
for so long.
Bradley won the primary election on August 12th...
and is humbled to be representing a place he calls
I am proud to as just a candidate to be an embassador
for western Wisconsin.
JOE -- -- But if you look back and look at all sorts
of statewide races, over the decades you will find
very few people from western Wisconsin runng.
Bradley started his campaign trail in January and
hasn't looked back since...
With only 2 months to go...he says he will keep moving
We just keep spreading state wide and talking to as
many people as possible to let them know what we can
do for the office.
In La Crosse, Brittany Schmidt, News 8
Bradley faces incumbent Doug La Follette who has served
nine terms as Wisconsin's Secretary of State.
The office is up for re-election every four years.