Chicago Mayoral Candidate William "Doc" Walls

February 19, 2007

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In little over a week, voters in Chicago will be asked to elect officials into local municipal seats. Among those is the one on the fifth floor at City Hall.

Over the next week, as part of our continuing elections coverage, we talk one-on-one with the three candidates vying for mayor in the nation's third largest city.

There are two challengers against incumbent Mayor Richard M. Daley.

We begin today with William “Doc” Walls, who is the director for the non-profit political organization Committee for a Better Chicago.

Walls is 49-years-old and considers himself a reformer, saying that tackling corruption is at the top of his campaign agenda.

He's familiar with city politics, having run unsuccessfully for city clerk.

Walls helped elect the late Mayor Harold Washington by organizing the Lawyer's Committee for Washington. He later served as the late Mayor's aide.

Walls has also been a national political director for Rainbow PUSH.

He was born in Chicago and is a product of the Chicago Public Schools system, having attending the Chicago Vocational High School. Walls graduated Tuskegee University with honors and the Chicago Kent College of Law at the Illinois Institute of Technology.

He's the father of three adult children, grandfather of four and a member of the Trinity United Church of Christ.

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