HOUSTON— Dave Wilson was elected to the Houston Community College board of trustees after people say he misleading voters into thinking he was black; and now questions are being raised about whether he even lives in the district he represents.
The issue is whether Wilson can proceed with his job, not because of how he ran his political campaign, but because of a residency requirement for this office.
Wilson gained national attention last year when he was accused of tricking voters into thinking he was black by peppering his campaign material with the voices and the images of African Americans.
Wilson, a conservative Republican, won a seat on the Houston Community College’s Board of Trustees. But then, the Harris County Attorney’s Office received a complaint that Wilson did not live in the district where he was elected. To keep him from assuming the seat, an injunction was filed and on Monday a judge agreed to extend it for another 14 days.
Wilson’s attorney said he will appeal the judge’s decision.
But here’s the rub—there’s an HCC board meeting on Thursday and the question is whether Wilson will show and what authority he has since Wilson claims he has taken an oath to serve.
“It would be up to the Houston Community College to decide how they’re going to deal with Mr. Wilson in that situation. They could take a position that he is not the duly elected and duly qualified trustee for District 2 and refuse to seat him. They could let him sit at the table. It depends on what votes they take,” said First Assistant County Attorney Robert Soard.