Jesse White won’t run for re-election

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CHICAGO – DECEMBER 30: Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White speaks to the media following a press conference by Governor Rod Blagojevich where Blagojevich named Illinois Attorney General Roland Burris as his choice to fill the U.S. Senate seat vacated by President-elect Barack Obama at the Thompson Center December 30, 2008 in Chicago, Illinois. White said he would not certify the nomination. Blagojevich, who is serving his second term as Illinois Governor, was taken into federal custody December 9 to face corruption charges including trying to sell Obama’s Senate seat. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WTVO/WQRF) – Illinois’ long-time Secretary of State will not seek re-election.

Thursday, Democrat Jesse White told Politico “This is my last tour of duty,” while at the Illinois State Fair. White is currently serving his sixth term. It ends in 2022. White says he plans to serve out his complete term. The 85-year-old has been in office since 1999.

This is not the first time White has announced he would not run for re-election. In 2015, he said he would not run in 2018. He later changed his mind and easily won re-election.

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