White: "I Have No Intention Of Running"

Aug 22, 2016

Supporters asked Secretary of State Jesse White for autographs at Democrats' Day at the Illinois State Fair; earlier he spoke with reporters about his political future.
Credit Amanda Vinicky

  Jesse White’s days as the Illinois Secretary of State may be coming to a close.

White has thrown curve balls before (and we don’t mean during his stint with the Chicago Cubs).

Last year at about this time, he said he would not run for re-election.

But then, in April, he told WBEZ that he “may not be able to ride off into the sunset.” He said as a “loyal Democrat,” he might be drafted to try for a sixth term in 2018.

As if on cue, supporters chanted "four more years!" as White took the podium last week at Democrats' state fair rally, “I receive a lot of phone calls from individuals, want me to continue down the path of being the Secretary of State, running one of the largest Secretary of State’s offices in the nation," he said.

But this time, White sounded more certain he won't give in.

“Right now, my answer is: I will not run," he said. "I have no intention of running.”

White, who’s 82, is one of the most popular politicians in Illinois.