Royals great Frank White to run for Jackson County Legislature

Former Kansas City Royal Frank White will announce his long-rumored candidacy Thursday for the Jackson County Legislature in the neighborhood he grew up in.

White, who would be a novice in holding public office, plans to run for the 1st District at-large seat being vacated by Theresa Garza Ruiz, who is eyeing a Kansas City Council run, campaign consultant Pat O’Neill said Wednesday night.

White was the longtime second baseman for the Royals during the team’s glory days that culminated in its one and only World Series title in 1985.

White later became a commentator on Royals broadcasts and managed the team’s minor league franchise in Wichita. More than once he was a candidate to manage the major league team.

The Legislature has oversight over the Truman Sports Complex, where the Royals play their home games.

The only other candidate to file for the race so far is retired Kansas City firefighter Sherwood Smith.

Should White be successful, it would add professional sports continuity to the Legislature. Former Kansas City Chiefs player Fred Arbanas, who has served more than 40 years on the Legislature, said this week that he probably won’t seek another term on the county’s governing board.