Bill Walker has been in the news twice recently for reasons unrelated to his mayoral candidacy.
The first time was in early August, when he was reported to be the John Doe plaintiff in a lawsuit against the Little Rock School Board, Superintendent Roy Brooks and Central High School Principal Nancy Rousseau alleging that Walker’s 15-year-old daughter’s rights were violated when she was removed from a junior varsity cheerleading team.
“It was a personal decision between me and my family, without regard to political implications, period,” Walker said. “I will always, as a father and a daddy, I will fight for my child when I think she is right or mistreated. If I can’t do that, I can’t be a mayor. If I won’t fight for my own kids, I won’t fight for the people. I wasn’t thinking about politics. It was just the best decision at the time, and it has nothing to do with the fact that I’m running.”
The second time was at the Aug. 17 meeting of the state Parole Board, when Walker alleged a “coup” during a contentious meeting when his fellow board members voted to remove him as acting chairman.
“It was unexpected,” Walker said. “I value my efforts to build consensus. I’m still lost personally about what motivated … I felt blindsided. I don’t know if it was targeted at the chairman, or at both of us, but I was quite disappointed in my colleagues in that regard. It could have been handled better.”