Grundy County State's Attorney Jason Helland

Grundy County State's Attorney Jason Helland (WCSJ photo)

Grundy County State’s Attorney’s Jason Helland confirmed this week he plans to run as a Republican for Illinois Secretary of State.

Helland told our sister station WCSJ he has been in talks with Governor Bruce Rauner’s campaign team and the Illinois Republican Party.

Helland became State’s Attorney in 2012 after defeating John Bates and then won reelection against Brooke Shupe in the 2016 General Election.

Helland earned a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of St. Francis and has a Juries Doctor Degree from the John Marshall Law School in Chicago.

Before becoming State’s Attorney, he was a prosecutor in the Kankakee County State’s Attorney’s Office.

Meanwhile, Iraq War veteran J.C. Griffin has also considered running for Secretary of State as a Republican.

Current Secretary of State Jesse White has been in office since 1999. The Democrat announced in August of 2015 he was planning to retire in 2018, but decided to run for reelection in August of 2017.

The deadline for candidates to file a petition is December 4th. The 2018 primary election is March 20th and general election will be November 6th.