Brown says she’ll contest vote count

Published 12:00 am Thursday, June 27, 2002

LaTosha Brown, who lost the Democratic runoff for the state House of Representatives District 67 seat to Yusuf Salaam by 138 votes, confirmed Wednesday that she plans to contest the election results.

“We know that we’re going to contest the results,” Brown said. “There are some reported voter irregularities in that race.”

Brown said she intends to call a press conference today at her Broad Street headquarters to discuss those reports, as well as a range of other topics.

Said Brown, “I will address five topics: the contest of election results, the death of political machines in Dallas County, the voter split between white voters and black voters, the reported voter irregularities, and my next step.”

Brown said she is satisfied that she ran a “hard, clean, good campaign.”

“Certainly, I believe I was a formidable candidate – and that I am a formidable candidate,” she said. “Also, I believe I’ve been very engaged in the community. But I think the vote turned out the way it did for entirely different reasons, and that’s what I intend to address at the news conference.”