A defeated city council candidate is accusing the victorious incumbent, Michelle Bruce, of deceiving voters by identifying herself as female. Plaintiff Georgia Fuller’s lawyers say voters in Riverdale, Georgia, tend to favor female candidates. “It gives her an unfair advantage, it’s not just sour grapes,” said the lawyer. “I’ve always been Michelle,” answers Bruce, who identifies herself as transgender.
Bruce, who ran uncontested in 2003, says, “Everybody in my district knows me.” The city attorney adds, “She has served as councilperson for four years as Michelle Bruce. It sounds like a case of politics.” Bruce won 312 votes to the second-place candidate’s 202, forcing a runoff. Fuller came in third with 171.