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Election In Houston Causes Controversy

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An election down in Houston, Texas has people up in arms. People there claim that the man who won the election lied about his race!

Some people living in Houston say that a white politician tricked them into thinking he was an African American, which won him a seat on the Houston Community College "Board of Trustees."

The man in question is Dave Wilson. He's an older white man. However, none of his election pamphlets show that. In fact, they're covered with pictures of African American families.

One even has an endorsement from "Ron Wilson" who voters thought was an African American state lawmaker. Instead, the name belonged to one of Wilson's white cousins.

"There was a plan and the plan was to keep race out of it. I wanted just a hundred percent focus on the issues," said Dave Wilson.

However, some people think they know the real reason for this mix up.

"I felt he would have lost if he would have been straightforward. It's a black community. I feel he just lied to get in."

Wilson beat the African-American incumbent in a heavily black district by just 26 votes. He says that this was fair play, calling it "strategic marketing".

Wilson claims he did plenty of door-to-door campaigning to make sure that people saw him as white.

He also claims that many constituents wanted the longtime incumbent out of office.

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