Wilson’s status is still up in the air

The suspense is killing me.

Dave Wilson

Dave Wilson

The restraining order prohibiting newly elected Houston Community College trustee Dave Wilson from taking the oath of office until questions about his residency can be resolved will remain in effect for another two weeks, a judge ruled Monday, and the legality of a private swearing-in reported by the District 2 representative is still unclear.

Meanwhile, the HCC board is scheduled to convene and elect officers on Thursday.

Whether Wilson will be allowed on or restricted from the dais is undetermined. Whether trustees can proceed with the meeting or vote on items before the District 2 trustee-elect’s legal matters are resolved also is unknown.


After the filing, the trustee-elect submitted notarized documents to the Texas Secretary of State’s office and HCC showing that he already had been sworn in.

Reiterating what he said at a hearing last Friday, State District Court Judge Mike Engelhart said Monday that he wants to hear more information on several issues before ruling on whether Wilson can take office.

Keith Gross, Wilson’s attorney, said his client plans to appeal Monday’s ruling.

“It’s like granting an injunction against knocking a building down after the building has been knocked down,” he said in court.

Robert Soard, the county attorney’s first assistant, said the HCC board would be irreparably harmed if Wilson takes office and casts votes while the courts decide if he is eligible to serve.

It would be nice if Judge Engelhart could issue a ruling before Thursday’s meeting, but I can’t blame him for wanting to get all the information he can before making up his mind. At this point, I don’t think anything would surprise me.

There’s a lot of talk in the comments to the previous post about this officeholder or that not meeting residency requirements, with some rumbling about other complains being filed. Knock yourselves out, I say. What I want out of the Wilson case, more than anything else, is for there to be a standard that we can all more or less agree on as to what “residency” actually means. If Wilson is found to meet that standard, then I don’t see how anyone could fail to meet it. If he is found to be in violation, then at least we have a line that has been drawn, and we can see if anyone else falls outside it. First things first, though, and that’s to decide about Wilson.

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2 Responses to Wilson’s status is still up in the air

  1. joshua ben bullard says:

    no body cares about residency at this point kuffner=we are all focusing on vince ryan’s selective prosecution tactics,i mean my god man,this is not 1987, vince should know better than to run this type of political litigation to judge englehart=my take is englehart will rule in favor of the voters not vince ryan,i must admit,thoughts have begun to enter my mind as to if vince ryans actions are legal,kuffner ,you know hes show=boating,the point is kuffner ,this is the wrong case to disect residencie issues=after the election=after the re count,then here comes county attorney vince ryan to save the day===== only in the movies kid…………………………..

    joshua ben bullard

  2. Paul kubosh says:

    I think alot of people are scared about what Dave will uncover. The question I wonder about is did Ryan get quiet approval from commissioners court before he filed.

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