On August 2nd, 2018 – former 2014 Republican candidate for Illinois 9th Congressional district and former Libertarian party of Illinois Lt. Governor candidate, 8x decorated U.S. Navy Veteran, Novelist and medical logistics specialist, David Earl Williams III announced his candidacy for Alderman in Chicago’s 48th ward.
During his first campaign run for Congress in 2014, he faced allegations of ‘stalking’ an ex-girl friend in Washington D.C., which turned out to be false. He would again in 2017 face controversy while running for Lt. Governor with the Libertarian party of Illinois, as questions arose about his military service. However, it was later verified he did serve and was honorably discharged after 4 years.
Rent Control for those who make under $43,000 – $50,000 (single/married), preserving historical ward landmarks, favors the LaSalle St. Tax over increasing property taxes, Transitional tiny housing units for the homeless, end two space parking & long term taxi parking, an all elected Civilian Police Accountability Council, ending the war on drugs and other criminal justice reforms, enforcement of police liability insurance & 30% of his Aldermanic salary ($32,400.00) towards charitable causes within the 48th ward.
Most recently during his campaign, he was approached by local businesses who tried reaching out to the current Alderman and city to get rid of 2 month old trash being placed in newspaper vending machines. However, nothing was done until Williams took it upon himself to do the city’s job by removing the trash as seen in the youtube video below.
4 days later, the city of Chicago removed the old newspaper vending machines entirely. The 48th ward covers Andersonville, Uptown & Edgewater neighborhoods. He would be facing off against the incumbent, Harry Osterman who has served the ward since 2011. The municipal election is on February 26, 2019.