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Transgender Politician

RIVERDALE, Ga. (AP) _ Two unsuccessful city council candidates
in Riverdale are claiming that a fellow candidate committed fraud
-- because she ran as a woman.

The candidates are alleging that incumbent Michelle Bruce -- who
identifies herself as transgendered -- misled voters by identifying
herself as a female before the November 6th election.

The lawsuit filed by Georgia Fuller and Stanley Harris -- who
lost bids for council seats -- identifies her as "Michael Bruce''
and asks a judge to declare the election invalid and order another
one.

The lawsuit was filed last week in Clayton County Superior
Court.

Bruce says her voter registration, notice of candidacy and
driver's license all identify her as a white female.

The lawsuit also claims the city clerk tampered with voting
machines and counted 115 paper ballots before the election.
Riverdale City Attorney Deana Johnson says the runoff election will
go on as planned, adding -- quote -- ``There were no problems with
the election.''


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