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Local Politician Accused of Faking His Race

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HOUSTON (FOX 26) -

A full week after Dave Wilson won an unexpected political victory there are a good many folks claiming he pulled a "fast one".

He disagrees.

"The only people that I know are deceived or say they are is my opponent and the liberal media. Not one voter has come to me and said that they were deceived," said Wilson.

The former mayoral candidate and longtime conservative ran for a Houston Community College Trustee position in a district where better than eight in ten voters is black.

On Wilson's campaign mailers you will find plenty of African American faces, but not his own. There's also an endorsement from Ron Wilson, which turned out be the candidate's cousin and not the former state lawmaker.

Dave Wilson calls it all, "strategic marketing" that worked.

"There was a plan and the plan was to keep race out of it. I wanted just a hundred percent focus on the issues and I knew I could beat him if we focused on the issues," said Wilson.

While critics contend Wilson's omission was meant to leave the impression he was black, the victor says he did plenty of door to door campaigning during which constituents largely supported the ouster of longtime, incumbent Bruce Austin who'd called Wilson a "hate monger" who advocates "chain gangs".

"I've been called a lot worse. Just as long as they call me for dinner," said Wilson with a smile.

But out on the North East side, it's hard to find anyone who thinks Wilson played fair. Jonathan Randolph called the calculated cloaking of ethnicity a form of electoral fraud.

"I do feel like he would have lost if he would have been straight forward because it is a black community. I feel like he just lied to get in," said Randolph.

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