What’s up Doc? Mayoral candidate to write novel

18 Mar

By Maham Khan

In the shadow of unbeatable odds, stood some candidates who decided the odds didn’t matter.

The results of this past mayoral election confessed what many predicted: a lot of money and big endorsements usually win. But still, a strong lineup of horses approached the election track.

One of those horses—the least bet upon—was Dock Walls. Walls was the most under-covered and poorest of the final six candidates (contrary to what Miguel del Valle claimed all season), raising under $5,000 for his entire campaign.

In a race against celebrity endorsed Rahm Emanuel, city-connected and veteran Gery Chico, Latino powerhouse Miguel del  Valle, and two other African-American female candidates working with at least six figures (Carol Moseley Braun and Patricia Van Pelt-Watkins); most of us, at some point in this race would say to ourselves: Maybe it’s time to drop out and support one of the other candidates.

This sort of decision was rampant in the race when there were up to 12 candidates back in September, and we saw Meeks jump on a black consensus candidate bandwagon, hoping to raise Braun’s numbers.

But Walls didn’t cave.  So it had to be asked: “What’s up Doc?”

“I continued to run for our programs,” Walls said in a post-election interview with DePolitics1011.com. “Sometimes it’s not about winning as it is about letting people know that our programs are out there.”

But do people really know?

If Emanuel got 100 percent coverage from the media during campaign season, then how much did Walls get?

“Three percent,” Walls guessed.  “Networks like WGN and WTTW denied us the debates and most mainstream coverage.”

Walls was given no fair reason or explanation for the exclusions.  The media decides who will be advantaged and disadvantaged right from the start, he said.

“We do have the best message and had the best platform and program but that is all irrelevant if the media does not adopt you,” Walls said. “Even with two presidents behind him, we could have given Rahm a run for his money, if the media had been fair.”

Walls admits that he knew he only stood a chance if Emanuel got booted from the ballot, which is why he worked hard on the residency challenge against the new mayor-elect.  It wasn’t personal—just political; an attempt to level out the playing field for smaller campaigns like his, Walls explained.

In the 11th hour on election day, Walls was out campaigning with no regrets and high spirits because he believed his campaign was the only one built upon real plans and programs for Chicago.

“I was offering something totally different then everyone else,” Walls said. “I was talking about bringing new industry to Chicago in the form of nano-technology, creating a hundred thousand private sector jobs, empowering small and medium sized businesses instead of the big Boeings in Chicago. Our programs were worth running for.”

Amongst his fellow candidates, he respected del Valle and Van Pelt Watkins the most because their general philosophies were similar to his. But, they too, “lacked real programmatic substance needed to move Chicago forward,” Walls said.

Walls has not been approached by mayor-elect Emanuel after the election like some of the other candidates have been, but said he would consider working with the new mayor if the opportunity to create jobs and economic development arose.

He fears that Emanuel’s priorities are not in the right place.

“It’s too early to tell if Chicago’s future is in good hands,” Walls said. “I’m afraid for Chicago’s future.”

As for Walls future, he will continue to work in the field of nano-technology. He has  also been inspired to write a political-religious thriller novel—in which the plot and characters will be fictional and not represent true people or places in any way.



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