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Secretary of State La Follette to run for re-election

Wisconsin Secretary of State Doug LaFollette
Wisconsin Secretary of State Doug LaFollette

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Wisconsin Secretary of State Doug La Follette said Tuesday that he'll run for re-election this fall.

The Madison Democrat has held the office for more than three decades. If he wins another four-year term, it could be his last -- because majority Republicans are drafting measures to eliminate the office by the start of 2019.

Officials have gradually stripped duties from the secretary of state's office over the years. Now, the only real duties are to maintain the official acts of the governor and Legislature, affix the state seal to gubernatorial actions, and serve on the Board of Commissioners of Public Lands.

La Follette says he wants to try and restore some of his former duties. He recently said that people get confused when they ask him about things like trademarks, notaries public, and other business rules.

La Follette says the secretary of state deals with those things in most other states. He says Republican Governor Scott Walker is hurting his pro business efforts by making prospective companies look elsewhere for those services.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)