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Long Shot Leaders with Michael Stein

Aug 22, 2022

How does someone get started in politics with David Earl Williams III

David Earl Williams III was born on January 8th, 1984, in Evanston, Illinois. He grew up, however, on Chicago’s North Side neighborhood of Rogers Park and then later Uptown, where he lived with his mother and two sisters. He also has an older brother. He is related to former Democratic Oklahoma State Senator, Eugene E. “Gene” Stipe.  He is of mixed ancestry, that being – Black, Irish, Native American, French, German, British, Ashkenazi Jewish, and southeast Asian.

He was educated at Joseph Brennemann (1990-1995) and Louis B. Nettlehorst elementary (1996-1998), and Nicholas Senn High School (1999-2002). From 2000-2001, David was a member of Senn High School’s Academic Decathlon team. He helped his team advance onto the regional competition which was a first in the schools’ history. David would graduate from Senn High School in 2002 while on the Honor roll. 

Immediately after graduating, David joined the U.S. Navy. He served as a Deck Seaman for the first two years during Operation Iraqi Freedom, then as a Logistics Specialist managing over $2 Billion dollars worth of aviation equipment and over 25 personnel for his remaining time. He was stationed in Yokosuka, Kanagawa, Japan from 2002-2006 onboard the U.S.S. Cowpens (CG-63). With his time in the U.S Armed Forces, he has traveled all over Asia and the Australian continent along with the Middle East. David was decorated eight times for his service until his Honorable Discharge in mid-2006.

Later in 2006, he began his studies abroad, eventually graduating from Lethbridge College located in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada, after taking courses in General Studies and Criminal Justices. During the 2008 U.S. Presidential election, he would support & vote for, Barack Obama via absentee ballot.

In 2010, David returned back to the United States taking residence in his birthplace of Evanston, Illinois and shortly thereafter began his participation in the Chicago chapter of WeAreChange (2011-2014), a nationwide political activism group. During his time with WeAreChange, he protested Corporatism and took part in several anti-war demonstrations against the U.S. involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan.

In 2014, David ran for the U.S. House of Representatives, Illinois’ 9th District as a Republican. He lost the primary by 1,427 votes on March 18, 2014. In the summer of 2018, he announced his candidacy for Alderman in Chicago’s 48th Ward as an Independent. He would go on to receive 16.25% (2,415 votes) of the vote during the 2019 Chicago’s Municipal election.

 Many who are close to David see him as a “Renaissance man”. In the past, David was a male model/promoter for Urban Offering clothing and Pink Avenue Models. He also starred as an extra in the music video, “Desert Spring Rose: Film Noir Vignette”, directed by Scott Feigen.

Besides his “day job” as a medical logistics specialist, David has volunteered in disaster relief efforts with Convoy of Hope, assisted in crisis intervention initiatives with National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), the Pro-Privacy activist organization known as Restore the Fourth, an animals rights activist with Chicago Alliance for Animals to ban horse carriages and replace them with pedicabs. He has also closely worked with the CPD Youth investigation division to help implement new ways on locating missing loved ones quickly and efficiently.

Outside of his political endeavors, he has volunteered (house-to-house canvassing and phone banking) for the following campaigns: Jesus “Chuy” Garcia’s 2015 Chicago Mayoral campaign, Lori Lightfoot’s 2019 Chicago Mayoral campaign, Andre Vasquez Aldermanic's campaign for the 40th ward, Illinois for Bernie 2020 Presidential campaign (Independent Vermont, Senator Bernie Sanders), Biden/Harris 2020, and Hoan Huynh for State Rep in Illinois 13th district campaign.

He is a former Freemason out of Evans lodge 524 (2013-2016), formerly provided veteran service outreach with the American Legion of Morton Grove Post 134 (2014-2017) & Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks lodge 1526 (2016-2018). He currently serves as the Co-Chairman for Unite America Chicago’s Chapter.

He is a nondenominational Christian, an author of the LitRPG book series titled VALOR TALE, and his hobbies/interests are: amateur voice-overs (particularly for Youtube user, Yeti112’s Resident Evil & Metal Gear Solid parodies series), working out, long-distance walking, swing dancing, video game music, Cats & Dogs, All Elite Wrestling (AEW), Vodka & M.U.G.E.N.