- The Washington Times - Sunday, November 10, 2013

Bruce Austin, a longtime Houston Community College trustee, on Wednesday said he will request a recount after narrowly losing his District 2 seat to Dave Wilson, a white Republican who admits he mislead voters into believing he was black.

Mr. Wilson printed direct-mail pieces strongly implying that he’s black, KHOU 11 News reported. His fliers featured photos of smiling blacks, which he said he took straight from the Internet, and captioned them, saying, “Please vote for our friend and neighbor Dave Wilson.”

“I’d always said it was a long shot,” Mr. Wilson told the station. “No, I didn’t expect to win.”

The anti-gay activist and former mayoral candidate said he’s fed up with “all the shenanigans” at the Houston Community College System. He figured that in a city of mostly black Democrats, his best chance of winning an election would be to lead voters to think he’s black.

He beat Mr. Austin, a 24-year incumbent, by 26 votes, KHOU reported.

“I don’t think it’s good,” Mr. Austin said. “I don’t think it’s good for both democracy and the whole concept of fair play. But that was not his intent, apparently.”

The Houston Chronicle reported last week that Mr. Austin has asked for a recount because he believes Mr. Wilson deceived voters.



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