Secretary of State Jesse White announced Thursday he will run for a sixth term.
"I'm your man," White, 83, said at Democrat Day at the Illinois State Fair where the eight candidates seeking the governor's post also were front and center.
White, a top vote-getter, had said at Democrat Day in 2015 that he would not run again, but he has since rethought that decision.
Political insiders believe if White had decided to bow out, that would have shifted the focus and campaign funds from the governor's post to the highly sought-after job of secretary of state.
Democrats held a hotel breakfast with county chairmen but will not meet for a rally at the fair. Some believe that's an attempt to avoid protestors the GOP may send.