- Associated Press - Friday, March 21, 2014

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - A long-time lawmaker from northeastern Wisconsin says he’s going to run for secretary of state.

Rep. Gary Bies, a Sister Bay Republican, has spent 14 years in the state Assembly. He announced in January he won’t seek re-election.

Bies announced on Friday he is mounting a run for secretary of state, joining seven other candidates including incumbent Democrat Doug La Follette.

Democratic and Republican legislators have stripped away the office’s responsibilities over the years. The only real duty the secretary of state has left is sitting on the Board of Commissioners of Public Lands. Republican Gov. Scott Walker, advocated for eliminating the position during his 2010 campaign.

Bies says he has supported efforts to eliminate the office but wants to breathe new life into the position.

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