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Independent candidate for gov. in Illinois drops out, endorses Green Rich Whitney

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Carbondale, IL— Green Party candidate Rich Whitney received the endorsement today of William “Dock” Walls.  Mr. Walls is a long time activist in the city of Chicago who has worked as an aide to former mayor Harold Washington, served as the National Political Director for the Rainbow PUSH coalition, assisted with John Kerry’s bid for president in 2004 and has run for mayor of Chicago and the U.S. House.

According to Walls, “I began my run for Governor in January of 2009 primarily to make certain voters had a choice they could have confidence in. I was extremely delighted when Rich Whitney of the Green Party announced he would run again for Governor. Not only does he have a complete grasp of the facts; his comprehensive platform is well developed with thoughtful positions likely to move this state forward. Rich Whitney is the one remaining candidate who will balance the budget, improve education funding, and ensure public safety.”

Mr. Walls concluded that “as I withdraw from the race for Governor, I wholeheartedly endorse Rich Whitney for Governor of the State of Illinois. Furthermore, I will fulfill my civic duty and work diligently to help elect him. I am confident that when elected, Rich Whitney will serve with integrity and distinction and will help restore trust in government.”

Mr. Whitney cited several areas of concern that were important to both gentlemen. Whitney explained that “Dock Walls understands and appreciates the critical role that education plays in the creation of a healthy economy and society. He also understands and appreciates the Green Party’s emphasis on genuine campaign finance and ethics reform. Furthermore, Dock understands and appreciates the critical importance of providing quality economic opportunities for all in Illinois and the social problems that are a result of the lack of opportunity —  such as the wave of deadly gun violence being experienced in some neighborhoods of Chicago.”

Whitney is thrilled that he has the support of such an important force for social change in Chicago. “I am honored and gratified to have a fighter for the public good like Dock Walls join me in the struggle to bring clean, effective, and responsible government to the State of Illinois” Whitney explained.  “With Dock Walls joining me today, Illinois voters can have the added confidence that in this election, they should not even consider settling for the “lesser of two evils”. They can finally vote to do themselves some good by going Green and voting Whitney for Governor in 2010.”

Rich Whitney is a 55-year-old civil rights and employment lawyer from Carbondale. As a lawyer, he has fought for working people who have lost their jobs or had their rights violated. A founder of the Illinois Green Party, he has long been politically active in support of the labor, health-care reform, environmental, civil rights, and peace movements. In 2006, he served as the Green Party’s first candidate for Governor, winning over 360,000 votes and making it possible for Illinois voters to have a third choice on the ballot statewide.


  1. Mike Theodore Mike Theodore July 30, 2010

    “William “Dock” Walls would still make an excellent Green Party candidate for any of the many open slots where Green Party still needs candidates in local, state, and federal elections..”

    Unfortunately, we are way too late in the process for that. I really would love him as Mayor of Chicago one day, but the media is being very picky about who to cover for that race. They say they’re waiting for a “serious contender” to challenge the unpopular Daley. I don’t know at what threshold they hold a contender at.

  2. Green Party Conservative Green Party Conservative July 30, 2010

    Fiscally conservative Green Party leader attacks wasteful spending…

    Italy’s Green Party

    “Our country is facing a dramatic financial situation, hundreds of thousands risk falling below the poverty line. And our Government is ready to spend EUR 124 billion in fighter jets,” Italy’s Green Party President Angelo Bonelli told Press TV.

  3. Green Party Conservative Green Party Conservative July 30, 2010

    Thanks Paulie. Nice catch.

    So it will be the current nominees for the Green Party on the ballot twice..

    Man that Richard Winger misses nothing…

    William “Dock” Walls would still make an excellent Green Party candidate for any of the many open slots where Green Party still needs candidates in local, state, and federal elections..

  4. Green Party Conservative Green Party Conservative July 30, 2010

    The Alexandria Gazette for the first time in 2010 has included in a story Ron Fisher, retired Navy Captain, and the the Independent Green Party candidate for U.S. House in District 8 in Virginia.

    The Gazette has ignored Ron until now this year.

    Rumor is Hell has frozen over…

  5. Green Party Conservative Green Party Conservative July 30, 2010

    Bravo to William “Dock” Walls support of Green Party’s Rick Whitney!!!

    The Green Party should now consider William “Dock” Walls the perfect candidate for the Green Party in any race.

    For example…a judge ruled this week there may be a SECOND U.S. Senate race on the ballot to complete the last 60 days of Obama’s term. Mr. Burris is now the incumbent.

    William “Dock” Walls makes sense as the Green Party candidate for that race…

  6. Vaughn Vaughn July 30, 2010

    Rich needs to invest in building a campaign similar to Pollina who had those “ANOTHER Democrat for Pollina” bumper-stickers etc.

  7. d.eris d.eris July 30, 2010

    This seems like great news for the Whitney campaign. I’m only familiar with Dock Walls from the last IL gov debate held by Free and Equal, but was impressed: great public speaker, tons of ideas (one of the few candidates I’ve seen argue for his/her state to become the center of nanotechnology development).

    Reading through the notes I took on the debate, this news was anticipated in a way. Asked to differentiate themselves from one another, Walls replied of Whitney: “Rich hasn’t said anything I disagree with.”

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