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Endorsement watch: Robinson in D

The Chron makes a somewhat surprising choice in District D.

Anthony Robinson

Anthony Robinson

An open seat in Houston City Council District D has drawn an even dozen aspirants to succeed the term-limited Wanda Adams.

In both quality and number, this field speaks well of the diverse district, whose heart is in the Third Ward and the African-American neighborhoods of Sunnyside and South Park, but which also reaches into rapidly evolving Midtown and part of the Museum District.

Our recommendation to fill this important leadership post is a thoughtful political newcomer, Anthony Robinson, whose life story is a testament to courage and perseverance. It deserves telling here.

After completing college and military service, Robinson was wrongfully convicted of committing a felony in 1986. Following his release from prison after serving 10 years, he spent the next five years earning the money to pay for his own DNA test in order to prove his innocence. He succeeded and was pardoned by Gov. George W. Bush in 2000.

Robinson has since earned a law degree, become fluent in Mandarin and now heads a consulting service specializing in international business.

We believe he is the right man to lead District D at a time when it is at a historic crossroads.

I call this somewhat surprising not because Robinson isn’t a good candidate – he is, and he impressed me in his interview with me – but because he is a newcomer with a relatively low profile in a strong field. Clearly, the Chron was impressed as well.

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