Willie Wilson (businessman)
Willie L. Wilson (born June 16, 1948) is an American businessman and politician from Chicago, Illinois who has run for multiple elected offices, including Mayor of Chicago and President of the United States. In September 2019, he announced a run for United States Senate, seeking to unseat incumbent Senator Dick Durbin in 2020. He has owned and operated several different McDonald's restaurant franchises and owns Omar Medical Supplies, which imports and distributes latex gloves and other medical and safety supplies and equipment. He also produces the nationally syndicated gospel music television program Singsation, which won a Chicago/Midwest Emmy Award in 2012.
|Born||June 16, 1948|
Gilbert, Louisiana, U.S.
|Alma mater||Mt. Carmel Theological|
2015 Chicago mayoral campaignEdit
2016 United States presidential campaignEdit
|Willie Wilson 2016|
|Campaign||2016 United States presidential election|
|Headquarters||345 E. Wacker Unit 4601, Chicago, IL 60601|
|Key people||Andre Fair campaign treasurer|
|Slogan||We Still Believe|
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Willie Wilson presidential campaign, 2016.|
After setting-up an exploratory committee on May 11, 2015, Wilson officially announced on June 1, 2015, that he would be running as a candidate for President of the United States in the 2016 election. He ran as a Democrat.
Wilson was on the ballot in several states during the 2016 Democratic primaries. He was the only minor candidate to appear on the ballot in South Carolina's "First in the South" primaries, perhaps due to the comparatively higher cost of the state's ballot entry fee.
He dropped-out on April 12, 2016.
Below is a table of the results of primary competitions he competed in during the Democratic primaries.
|February 1||Iowa caucusA||0||N/A||0.00||0||The Green Papers|
|February 27||South Carolina primary||1,314||3rd of 4||0.35||0||The Green Papers|
|March 1||Texas primary||3,254||5th of 8||0.23||0||The Green Papers|
|March 5||Louisiana primary||1,423||6th of 10||0.46||0||The Green Papers|
|March 8||Mississippi primary||919||3rd of 5||0.40||0||The Green Papers|
|March 15||Illinois primary||6,565||3rd of 8||0.32||0||The Green Papers|
|Missouri primary||307||8th of 10B||0.05||0||The Green Papers|
|June 7||California primary||10,544||3rd of 7||0.24||0||The Green Papers|
|North Dakota caucus||0||0.00||0||The Green Papers|
|Total (Current)||24,326||7thC||0.08||0||The Green Papers|
- A.^ On ballot as other
- B.^ Counting Uncommitted as having placed 3rd
- C.^ Counting Uncommitted and No Preference, respectively, as placing 4th and 6th
|Financial Source||Amount (USD)|
|Itemized Individual Contributions||28,685|
|Unitemized Individual Contributions||6,705|
|Party Committees Contributions||0|
|Other Committees Contributions||0|
|Transfers from Authorized Committees||0|
|Offsets to Operating Expenditures||9,931|
|Legal and Accounting Offsets||0|
|Transfers To Authorized Committees||0|
|Exempt Legal and Accounting||0|
|Candidate Loan Repayments||11,627|
|Other Loan Repayments||0|
|Total Loan Repayments||11,627|
|Individual Contribution Refunds||0|
|Political Party Contribution Refunds||0|
|Other Committee Contribution Refunds||0|
|Total Contribution Refunds||0|
|Beginning Cash On Hand||0|
|Current Cash On Hand||0|
|Net Operating Expenditures||1,045,512|
|Debts/Loans Owed By Campaign||1,043,472|
|Debts/Loans Owed To Campaign||0|
2019 Chicago mayoral campaignEdit
- BusinessMakers, MusicMakers - Willie L. Wilson The HistoryMakers. July 16, 2008. Accessed June 4, 2015.
- With White House in his sights, Willie Wilson heads to Iowa Chicago Sun Times. June 1, 2015. Accessed June 3, 2015.
- Willie Wilson selling up-by-the-bootstraps story in Chicago mayor race Chicago Tribune. February 13, 2015. Accessed June 3, 2015.
- Meet mayoral candidate Willie Wilson, the anti-politician RedEye. February 11, 2015. Accessed June 6, 2015.
- Sharecropper’s son turned successful businessman, Wilson wants ‘equal opportunity for all’ Chicago Sun Times. February 9, 2015. Accessed June 3, 2015.
- 2015 Municipal General - 2/24/15 -- Mayor Chicago Board of Elections Commissioners. Accessed June 3, 2015.
- Chicago businessman Willie Wilson ready to challenge Emanuel in mayor's race WLS-TV. November 19, 2014. Accessed June 3, 2015.
- Race for Chicago Mayor: Willie Wilson says Emanuel is ‘an old snake in new skin’ WGN-TV February 18, 2015. June 3, 2015.
- Willie Wilson: Not even President Obama could convince me to back Rahm Chicago Sun Times. June 1, 2015. Accessed June 3, 2015.
- Key Chicago Figure, Despite a Plea by Obama, Gives a Lift to Emanuel’s Rival The New York Times. March 12, 2015. Accessed June 3, 2015.
- "Details for Committee ID : P60007515". www.fec.gov. Retrieved May 28, 2016.
- Willie Wilson, third in Chicago mayor's race, exploring presidential run Chicago Tribune. May 12, 2015. Accessed June 3, 2015.
- Willie Wilson Throws Hat In the Ring to Bid for President Chicago Defender. May 12, 2015. Accessed June 3, 2015.
- Chicago businessman Willie Wilson running for president WGN-TV. June 1, 2015. Accessed June 3, 2015.
- Greenberg, Eric (February 14, 2016). "Long-shot candidates look beyond New Hampshire". MSNBC. NBC Universal. Retrieved May 30, 2016.
Despite his larger reach, De La Fuente shares one thing in common with his fellow New Hampshire long shots: None of them will appear on a ballot in South Carolina's "First in the South" primaries on February 20 and 27, where the cost is far more prohibitive than last Tuesday's $1,000 entry fee. The lone South Carolina curiosity will be Willie Wilson, a self-made Chicago businessman, who will appear on the Democratic ballot along with Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Martin O'Malley. As in New Hampshire, the former Maryland governor's name will remain on the ballot despite having suspended his campaign after the Iowa caucuses. Wilson previously finished third in the 2015 Chicago mayoral race, and he is the longtime host of the Windy City's television gospel music show "Singsation." Reached by phone in South Carolina yesterday, Wilson said, "I'll be happy if I get 20 percent or so of the delegates … I'm hoping I can win it." Wilson, who recalls going from mopping floors at McDonald's to owning five franchises of his own, knows the road ahead will be difficult. "I believe anything is possible, but I come on this journey to work hard and have faith."
- Thomas, Charles (January 31, 2016). "CHICAGO'S WILLIE WILSON DRUMS UP SUPPORT IN IOWA CAUCUS". WLS-TV. American Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved May 30, 2016.
The Iowa caucuses are just one day away and all of the big-name candidates are prepping for the first official contest of the 2016 presidential race. Among the Democratic candidates is Chicago businessman Willie Wilson. "We keep going. We're here to stay. We're not going anywhere," Wilson said Sunday. While fellow Democratic contenders Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders have been exchanging jabs about who is the most electable to the White House, Wilson said the National Democratic Party is doing everything it can to stop him from getting traction. "I been turned down eight different times from speaking in Iowa, that's including the debates," Wilson said. Wilson, who is a millionaire, was the first candidate in either party with television ads in Iowa, spending hundreds of thousands of his own dollars. "We're not accepting any money from major corporations," he said. "I'm financing this here 99.9 percent of my own money." His staff blames the Hillary Clinton operatives for silencing and keeping Wilson off the ballot in southern states where African-American voters could be the difference. "He will split the vote between Hillary Clinton and Dr. Willie Wilson and they don't want that," said Nina Morris, of the Wilson campaign. However, Chicago-based political consultant Delmarie Cobb--a Clinton supporter--said the Wilson campaign's disorganization is its worst enemy: "He did not put all of his infrastructure in place," Cobb said. "So he can't necessarily blame it on the Democratic Party." Wilson--a one-time Louisiana cotton-picker who made a fortune in Chicago--still believes he can win primaries in southern states where the Democratic party is dominated by African-Americans.
- Strausburg, Chinta (March 29, 2018). "Dr. Willie Wilson throw hat into mayoral ring". Chicago Crusader. Retrieved March 30, 2018.
- Wall, Crais (8 March 2019). "Chicago Mayor Election 2019: Willie Wilson to endorse Lori Lightfoot". WLS-TV. Retrieved 8 March 2019.
- Campaign website
- Appearances on C-SPAN
- Hood, Abby Lee (2016-03-04). "Willie Wilson believes he's running for president. Why doesn't anyone else?". Chicago Reader. Retrieved 2016-03-05.