Meet the candidates: City Council, 9th Ward

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Anthony Beale


Anthony Beale is the incumbent alderman for Chicago’s 9th Ward. Beale is also the chairman of the Committee on Transportation and the Public Way, and the former Chairman of the Committees on Landmarks and Public Safety. As alderman, Beale has overseen CTA reconstructions on the South Side, and has been an advocate for the Obama Presidential Library to be located in the Pullman/Roseland community. Beale attended Corliss High School, and later Blackburn College.

Michael LaFargue


Michael LaFargue is a has been a resident of the Roseland Community for 20 years. He is  currently the President of the West Chesterfield Community Association (WCCA). He has also been affiliated with a Red Line oversight committee, as well as the South Area Civic League, which aims to inform residents about Tax Incremental Financing (TIF). LaFargue earned a bachelor’s degree from Chicago State University and a master’s degree from the Illinois Institute of Technology.


Harold “Noonie” Ward


Harold “Noonie” Ward is a former member of the Gangster Disciples, a gang that was formed on the South Side of Chicago in the late 1960s. Ward is now “on a mission to squash gang violence and bring peace to the streets,” according to his public social media channels. Ward has been vocal in his criticism of government, notably African-American Democrats, and has taken part in a viral video saying such leaders have not had the interests of their communities in mind, and claiming legislators have forced black communities into poverty all throughout the country.


Theodore “Ted” Williams III


Theodore Williams III is a Chicago educator and activist. Williams is currently the chairman of the Social Science Department at Kennedy-King College. He is the former host of PBS-WYCC television’s “The Professors,” and has guest appeared as a political commentator for several networks. Williams earned degrees in public policy studies from the University of Chicago and Rutgers University in New Jersey. In his campaign he is pushing for the empowerment of small businesses and attracting high quality investment in the 9th Ward.

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