SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (CBS) — Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White used an appearance at the State Fair Wednesday to announce that he has changed his mind – he will be running for a fifth term.

As WBBM Newsradio’s David Roe reports, White made the announcement to Democratic groups gathered for Governor’s Day Wednesday at the fair.

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White is 77 now, and will be 80 when the next election comes around in 2014.

White compared his tenure as secretary of state to his experience as a paratrooper. He says you don’t jump and go halfway. You jump and finish the mission.

White has served as secretary of state since 1998. He easily defeated Republican political novice Robert Enriquez and Libertarian Josh Hanson for reelection last year.

Upon completion of his current term, White will be the longest serving Secretary of State in Illinois history.

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