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Dave Wilson takes part in first board meeting

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HOUSTON (FOX 26) -

A newly elected trustee under intense scrutiny took his seat. Dave Wilson, the controversial and now Houston Community College Board of Trustee took part in the first board meeting for the year.

He beat out his opponent, 24-year incumbent Bruce Austin.

To some people the meeting went smooth.

Dave Wilson walked in confident and ready to take his seat.

We spoke to him about all the controversy.

"It's over, it's behind me. I want to move forward," said Wilson.

He says he is moving forward from the accusations that he won the election, in part, because of his political mailers that made him seem to some as an African American in a predominately black district.

Among other things, there's also a pending legal matter.

Wilson insists he lives in a commercial warehouse building that we actually got a tour of. The Harris County Attorney's Office is challenging his residency.

"I'll win that one also. That is just partisan politics. I regret that our county attorney has spent so much money and time and tax payers' money. I apologize for his falling," said Wilson.

These issues have kept the Harris County Community College attorney pretty busy.

"When you have a close election coupled with the issue of whether the candidate lives in the district that he is elected from, people are even more scrutinizing of the situation. It's been a back and forth. It has been interesting," said Gene Lock.

"We are just following Gene Lock and what his firm is telling us and the election laws. We are taking it from there. It is really between the district attorney and Dave Wilson. He is going to be here today, he is a trustee, and we are going to move on from there," said Sandie Mullins, the HCC Board of Trustees Chair.

Wilson has a court hearing scheduled for Thursday January 24th on the matter of his residency.

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