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Illinois GOP Rolls Out White Challenger Criticizing Democrat’s Tenure

Illinois GOP Rolls Out White Challenger Criticizing Democrat’s Tenure

(Chicago) – Insider: Illinois’ top Republicans have officially selected a sacrificial lamb.

Naperville attorney Michael Webster official announced on Monday his candidacy to challenge Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White who won reelection in 2010 with 67.8% of the vote.

Illinois Republican Chairman Jack Dorgan, State Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno, and State House Republican Leader Jim Durkin recently met with Webster, 53, to encourage him to challenge White who has faced a series of political stumbles in his current term.

“Illinois deserves much better than the controversy coming out of Jesse White’s office, and the failure of leadership up and down the Democrat ticket,” said Dorgan. “The most recent scandal, involving suspicious hiring and work irregularities of a high-ranking staff with a ‘special’ relationship to the incumbent, may be just the tip of the iceberg.”

But even scratched icebergs can be dangerous.

A lifelong Illinois resident, Webster graduated from Joliet Catholic High School, The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and DePaul University College of Law. He is also a Certified Public Accountant.

“As a lawyer and a CPA, I have the skills to improve the Secretary of State’s office on day one,” said Webster, who has won multiple school board elections.  “I am a not a politician, with no ties to Springfield, and I’m beholden to no one.”  

Webster started Webster & Schelli, P.C. in 1991 with his partner James Schelli, and practices business succession planning, estate planning, taxation, probate and trust administration.

Webster, a Hinsdale resident, is the President of the Cass School District #63 Board of Education in Darien. He was first elected to the Cass Board of Education in 2005, and re-elected in 2009 and 2013.

You can be certain White’s political operation will be digging and sifting through Webster’s eight years of votes on the board.

The lamb is off to slaughter.

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