Willie Lee Wilson of Illinois was one of the candidates who sought the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016. He lives in Chicago and is African-American. He gained a spot on the Democratic presidential primary ballots in nine states, and tried in other states. He was handicapped in that process, and in his campaign, because the national Democratic Party told him he was not a “sanctioned” candidate. However, the party never explained its basis for that decision.
On April 19, 2017, he sued the Democratic national committee in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C. The case has moved slowly. On January 2, 2018, U.S. District Court Judge Trevor McFadden, a Trump appointee, granted him permission to amend his Complaint. The original Complaint is here.