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Harvey alderman charged in election-related dust-up

Updated: April 28, 2013 7:04AM

Harvey Ald. Keith Price was charged with misdemeanor battery after a Tuesday morning run-in with a man who’s challenging Price’s wife for park district commissioner of the southern suburb in an upcoming election.

Donkor Parker Sr., 32, says Price approached him from behind and choked him at a gas station near 147th and Halsted in Harvey. The violence erupted, Parker claims, after Price became upset over Parker’s use of white people who support him on campaign literature.

Price, 40, whose wife, Tamika, is running against Parker in the April election, said there was no violence, but that a quarrel ensued after Parker made derogatory comments about his wife.

“White people had nothing to do with it,” said Price, who chalked the incident up to a “political ploy by a desperate candidate who needs news coverage.”

Price said Parker was also upset that Price did not endorse him.

Price, who had to give up three elected positions in Harvey in 2011 after a Cook County judge ruled he could not concurrently hold them, said he will appear in court to fight the battery charge in May.

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