Julian Bradley

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Julian Bradley
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Former candidate for
Wisconsin Secretary of State
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Date of birthFebruary 11, 1981
Place of birthBaltimore, Maryland
Professiontelecommunications manager
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Julian Bradley was a Republican candidate for Wisconsin Secretary of State in the 2014 elections.[1] His opponent was seven-term incumbent Democrat Doug La Follette. The Republican State Leadership Committee named this race as one of 14 to watch across the country.[2] Among the issues in the race was the weakened state of the Wisconsin Secretary of State's office. Julian Bradley lost the general election on November 4, 2014.


Bradley was born in Baltimore, Maryland, and moved to La Crosse, Wisconsin, when he was 11. He studied political science at Temple University and later at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.[3] He joined the Republican Party in 2002.

Bradley is active in the state-level Republican party, having been elected as chairman of the Republican Party of La Crosse County and to the Wisconsin GOP executive committee. He is also a manager at a telecommunications firm.[3]



See also: Wisconsin secretary of state election, 2014

Bradley ran for election to the office of Wisconsin Secretary of State. He won the Republican nomination in the primary on August 12. The general election took place November 4, 2014.


Primary results
Wisconsin Secretary of State Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJulian Bradley 64.8% 138,569
Garey Bies 35.2% 75,379
Total Votes 213,948
Election Results via Wisconsin Government Accountability Board.
General election
Secretary of State of Wisconsin, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDoug La Follette Incumbent 50% 1,161,113
     Republican Julian Bradley 46.3% 1,074,835
     Libertarian Andy Craig 2.5% 58,996
     Constitution Jerry Broitzman 1.1% 25,744
     Nonpartisan Scattering 0.1% 1,347
Total Votes 2,322,035
Election Results via Wisconsin Government Accountability Board.

Race background

See also: Background on La Follette's time in office

Incumbent Democrat Doug La Follette faced Republican challenger Julian Bradley and two third-party candidates, Constitution Party candidate Jerry Broitzman and Libertarian Party candidate Andy Craig, in the general election for Wisconsin Secretary of State. La Follette has held this seat since 1983 and is running to extend his winning streak once again. During his time in office, the powers of the Secretary of State's office have been reduced by the Wisconsin Legislature.[4]

Both Republican primary candidates, Bradley and State Representative Garey Bies, argued that the office had become ceremonial and that the current state was unacceptable. While Bies wanted to eliminate the office and give its remaining powers to other agencies, Bradley's platform was to reform the office and regain its former powers.[4][5]

Bradley won the Republican nomination in the primary on August 12 by a large margin, though Republican primary voters do not necessarily prefer the office's reform to elimination, considering this issue's relative obscurity. Some of Bradley's support may have come from his emerging status as a candidate with future potential in the Republican Party, which was underlined in late August 2014 when the Republican State Leadership Committee named this race as "one of 14 races to watch" across the country.[6] La Follette was unopposed in the Democratic primary.


Campaign themes

Bradley's campaign website listed the following themes for the 2014 election:

For over 30 years, Doug La Follette has occupied the office of Secretary of State. Under his absentee administration many of the duties of the office have been stripped away.

Julian has a different vision for the office to make it work for the people of Wisconsin:

  • Julian will reform the position by running an active and transparent office.
  • He’ll restore the office by not only returning duties to the position, but by restoring faith in it as well.
  • Julian will rebuild the bridges burned over 30 years of Doug La Follette’s absentee administration by once again developing a working relationship with the state’s legislature and executive branch.

Julian believes the only thing that should be removed from the Secretary of State’s office is Doug La Follette. Together, we can ensure the responsibilities once entrusted to the Secretary of State are restored to someone who will earn that trust and be a vigorous voice for Wisconsin.


—Julian Bradley's campaign website, (2014) [8]


See also: Wisconsin State Assembly elections, 2010

Julian Bradley was defeated by Republican Nick Charles in the primary election.[9]

Wisconsin State Assembly, District 95 Republican Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Nick Charles (R) 1,431 54.14%
Julian Bradley (R) 1,209 45.74%

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