A resident of West Englewood, Williams is the founder and executive director of the Mr. Dad’s Father’s Club in 2017; the nonprofit brings fathers to read books to Chicago schoolkids. In 2020, he organized a GoFundMe to help Black-owned businesses damaged during that summer’s rebellions and looting, and in 2021 the Mr. Dad’s Father’s Club gave away 500 McDonald’s happy meals in Bronzeville to honor Jaslyn Adams, a seven-year-old killed by gunfire. The organization rganization recently passed out more than 2,000 coats to families in the Fifth, Sixth, and Seventh Police Districts.

Alderpersons Raymond Lopez (15th Ward), Stephanie Coleman (16th Ward), and David Moore (17th Ward), have endorsed.

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Activist or organizer Credit: Amber Huff
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Political endorsement Credit: Amber Huff

Candidate questionnaire responses

  • Do you have experience as an activist or community organizer? Yes
  • Do you have experience interacting with CPD? Yes
  • Do you have experience working or interacting with government? No
  • Should the city hire more police officers? No
  • Is CPD adequately funded? Yes: funding should be reduced.
  • CPD reform: The police need training and some reform.
  • Mental health crises: Police should accompany healthcare workers to mental health crises.

What do you consider the primary role of a police district councilor to be?

  • Helping the police do a better job
  • Communicating with the department on behalf of the community
  • Establishing civilian control of the police department
  • Other: “Bring back the DARE program; officers walk beats and know the community they serve.”

Why are you running for Police District Council?

I am running for District Council to build on the work I am already doing, but also to help build stronger connections between the police and the community. I also plan to work with the community to get input on police department policies and practices.