Outgoing Secretary of State Jesse White has official endorsed Anna Valencia to be the next Illinois Secretary of State.

Valencia is running in a crowded Democratic primary that includes well funded and known Alexis Giannoulias. The endorsement is expected to boost her bid. White is one of the most popular elected officials in Illinois. He served 24 years in the role.

“I am impressed by her energy, commitment to public service and her dedication to getting the job done,” White said in a statement. “As Chicago city clerk, she has successfully modernized the office and made day-to-day customer service a number one priority. She has the ability and understanding to deliver important services to the public in a consistent, organized and effective manner.”

“I plan to build on his legacy by bringing my experience to the Secretary of State’s office to keep making government more accessible, innovative and open,” Valencia said in a statement.