Dave Wilson remains an electoral scofflaw, among other things.
Mayoral candidate David Wilson has again filed for office using an address that disqualified him from the ballot when he attempted to run for county commissioner last year.
Wilson listed his business address of 1512 W. 34th St. on his application for county office last year and on his application for a place on the ballot as a candidate for mayor of Houston. He insisted last year and continues to insist that it is his home as well. But Democratic Party Chairman Gerry Birnberg rejected Wilson’s application to run in the partisan race as a Democrat because he claimed that Wilson told him he actually lives on Lake Lane.
The mayor’s race is nonpartisan, but the Lake Lane home is not in the city of Houston. “I spend some time there on the weekends,” Wilson said of the home.
See here, here, here, and here for background on this. There’s an awful lot of people who play this kind of game to establish “residency” wherever it is they want to run for office. I’m somewhat more forgiving about it for district residency than I am for city, county, or state residency, but I’ve been dissatisfied with the way our system handles this for awhile. Owning a second (or third, or fourth, or whatever) home someplace doesn’t mean you “live” there. Having a cot in your office doesn’t mean you “live” there. Neither does having a room at your parents’ house, or your ex-spouse’s house, or at any other residence owned by a relative or former roommate. The problem is I don’t know of a way to codify this into law. Our system is just very forgiving about this. Way more so than we are about letting people vote, in fact. I don’t know what that says about us, but I do know it’s nothing good.