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Sonya Blade running for office

"Mortal Kombat" model looking to finish opponent

October 10, 2012|By Georgia Garvey @gcgarvey | RedEye

Sonya Blade, the blonde badass from the “Mortal Kombat” video game, wants a seat on a county board in a Chicago suburb.

Scratch that. The former Playboy model who played Sonya, Kerri Branson, is running for  Kane County Board. And she’s not embarrassed to chat up her video game past, which recently exploded onto gaming websites like Kotaku.

“I thought once the public got wind of it, they might be a little bit interested,” Branson admitted. “I was actually hoping that somehthing like this may happen, so even if I don't win, I might create awareness for some of the issues [I support].”

Branson, 42, of North Aurora, posed for the live-action version of Sonya Blade, one of the original “Mortal Kombat” characters, starting with the third generation of the game, which was released in 1995. She also was in “NBA Jam,” “War Gods” and “Revolution X.” Branson went on tour as Sonya Blade for a year in a live show, in the process picking up a devoted fan base, she said.

“They've been great,” she said. Though now the “Mortal Kombat” devoted might friend her on Facebook, “way back when, they used to write me letters,” she added with a laugh.

Now Branson is more interested in drawing attention to the issues faced by the disabled and the elderly, near and dear to her heart because of the struggles her family faces caring for her twin sons, who both have cerebral palsy. She decided to run for office last summer.

“I thought maybe my voice could be heard,” she said.

None of her fellow politicians, or her opponent, have weighed in on her “Mortal Kombat” past so far, but Branson isn’t concerned her modeling days will be used against her.

“I don't think you should be ashamed of your past,” she said. “You should embrace it.”

And if all else fails, Sonya has a pretty fierce leg takedown in her repetoire.

ggarvey@Tribune.com

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