Michael White (Illinois)

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Michael White
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Candidate for
Illinois State Senate District 31
Associate'sKankakee Community College
Bachelor'sIllinois State University
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Air Force/Illinois Army National Guard
Place of birthKankakee, Illinois
Personal website
Campaign website
Michael White was a 2012 Republican candidate for District 31 of the Illinois State Senate.

White is a retired veteran, having served a combined 22 years between the him Illinois Army National Guard United States Air Force. He earned his Associate's from Kankakee Community College and B.S. from Illinois State University.[1]


Campaign themes

On his campaign website, White details his position on three main issues:[2]

  • Creating an Environment for Jobs: "Stop the Exodus. Support current businesses," "Create Stabile Climate for Business," "Develop and Protect Future Economic Growth"
  • Economic Stability through a Balanced Budget and Eliminating State Debt: "develop a long term strategy that controls spending, eliminates waste and increases transparency."
  • Empowering Youth for Success! "Equality in Funding," "Choice in Education," "Higher Education - that's affordable"



See also: Illinois State Senate elections, 2012

White ran in the 2012 election for Illinois State Senate District 31. White lost in the Republican primary on March 12, 2012. He faced Joe Neal, Linwood Jarratt and Lawrence Leafblad. Incumbent Suzi Schmidt (R) is not running for re-election. The general election took place on November 6, 2012.[3][4][5]

Illinois State Senate Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJoe Neal 40.2% 6,434
Lawrence Leafblad 25.9% 4,147
Linwood "Lennie" Jarratt 19.5% 3,119
Michael White 14.3% 2,294
Total Votes 15,994



White was endorsed by the Daily Herald in the District 31 race for the Illinois State Senate. It has stated, "...we endorse White for a cost-cutting approach that includes pension reform and eliminating spending on a third airport, high-speed rail and college scholarships granted by legislators. We like White’s ideas for building a coalition with other freshman lawmakers to accomplish goals in Democrat-led Springfield and support White’s pledge not to accept a legislative pension, if elected."[6]


White has a wife, Dawn, and a son, Kyle.[1]

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