Robert L. Walker

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Robert Walker

Robert L. Walker, Jr (born c. 1958) is a retired sheet metal mechanic, community activist and long-time officer of the Wahouma Neighborhood Association.

Walker is a graduate of West End High School and apprenticed for four years with Sheet Metal Local No. 48 before beginning his career with Brown Mechanical. He also has an associate's degree in paralegal studies from the Southern Junior College of Business. He has served as president of the Wahouma Neighborhood Association and vice-president of the South East Lake community advisory committee. Along with Gwen Webb, he was one of the leaders of the neighborhood protests against the owners of the Texaco Super Deli on Oporto-Madrid Boulevard in 2008.

Walker unsuccessfully challenged incumbent Maxine Parker to represent District 4 in the 2009 Birmingham City Council election. His platform stressed citizen empowerment and involvement. He hoped to help reduce crime, improve transit service, support neighborhood businesses, and improve schools. He challenged Johnathan Austin for the District 5 seat in the 2013 Birmingham municipal election.

In the 2013 race, Walker pledged to pursue stiffer ordinances holding owners accountable for deteriorating properties, to recruit businesses to his district, and to seek sources of revenue to support park and public safety improvements. Walker again challenged Austin in the 2017 Birmingham municipal election, pledging to be more "hands on" as a councilor.

References

  • "Birmingham City Council elections: District 4 candidate Robert L. Walker Jr." (August 16, 2009) The Birmingham News
  • Stein, Kelsey (August 23, 2013) "Birmingham election: District 5 a balancing act among interests of downtown, neighborhoods, business." The Birmingham News

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