Jesse White, Illinois Secretary of State and the longest running Secretary of State in Illinois history, founder and president of the Jesse White Tumblers, former member of Illinois General Assembly and Cook County Recorder of Deeds.
Jesse White was told when he ran for Secretary of State in 1998 that there was no way he would win. He not only won, but he then ran for re-election in 2002 and won all 102 Illinois counties. He has run again in 2006 and 2010 and in that final year he garnered over 2.5 million votes – the most of any statewide constitutional candidate in over 30 years.
The Quick Take:
Best Advice: The best advice he ever got was from a mentor who told him: “If you dig within yourself, you will be amazed at what you will find.” And, “Do not quit or give up on things that are difficult in life.”
Greatest Failure: Secretary White cites his greatest failure as not being able to include every child who tries out for his internationally acclaimed Jesse White Tumbling Team and give them a chance to perform.
Greatest Success: Jesse White says his greatest success was the creation and founding of the Jesse White Tumbling Team which has now given over 13,000 kids an opportunity to do something besides gangs or drugs.
What Makes Jesse Crazy: When someone decides to take a job, but then doesn’t take on the responsibilities that go with it.