In a letter to supporters, reprinted on the Team Brad website, Mayor Brad Cole announces his intention to seek statewide office on the Republican ticket. Which office, he doesn't say. Whatever one he can get, I guess. At this summer's State Fair in Springfield, Cole's fellow party members will convene to compare notes on a strategy to retake control of State government. ... Seems like Cole is staking his territory.
Most of comments in the local press are negative; not much has changed in that regard since the mayoral election.
There are actually two sets of comments on the story: several on the "breaking news" version.... and several more on the "front page" version.