Larry Walsh Sr. announces he won’t seek reelection in 2020
Updated: Dec 17, 2020
Will County Executive Larry Walsh Sr. is not seeking reelection in 2020.
The new development in Will County government surfaced during an Aug. 15 press conference immediately following a meeting of the Will County Board.
“It’s been a great, great run,” Walsh said.
When encouraged by doctors to focus more heavily on his treatment for prostate cancer, Walsh said he struggled to come to terms with the suggestion.
“I guess I’m just disappointed,” he said. “The decision is a no-brainer. I have to go back for chemotherapy, and I’m going to do it. I hate to back away, but I will not be a candidate for Will County executive in the 2020 election.”
Walsh has been dealing with prostate cancer off and on since receiving the diagnosis in 2014.
Last winter, Walsh underwent chemotherapy treatment for prostate cancer.
“It has reoccurred,” he said.
Walsh said he needs to undergo a stronger chemotherapy treatment.
Walsh intends to carry out his current duties as Will County executive until his successor is chosen and sworn in December 2020.
Walsh said he will be watching the 2020 election races and is open to making suggestions.
Walsh has been a long-time figure in Will County area government dating back to the 1970.
In the past, Walsh held elected office for state senator, Will County Board, Elwood Community Consolidated School District 203 and Jackson Township.
Walsh said he takes great prides “as the county executive working hand-in-hand with the county board and what we have accomplished in the last 15 years.”
He cited the accomplishments made with regard to facility and infrastructure improvements, making sure to keep taxpayers in mind.
Walsh has a wife, and they have six children and 20 grandchildren.
“I’ve enjoyed every minute of my life,” he said. “It’s a mixture of family, farm and public service. I’m really proud of what I was capable of doing.”