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Port Arthur candidate responds to flyer that compares him to an "Uncle Tom"

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PORT ARTHUR -

Mike Mason is a retired educator, a newcomer to the political world and very low-key, not the type of person you might expect to find in the middle of a political controversy.

But he is, as a result of a flyer that's been circulated in Port Arthur church parking lots and high school basketball games.

Mason is running for the District 1 seat on the Port Arthur city council.  City elections are on May 10.

The controversial flyer insinuates that if elected, Mason would be a puppet or an "Uncle Tom."  It compares Mason to the despised character of "Stephen" the house slave in the movie "Django Unchained".

Mason told 12News, "It was a little discouraging, but it's not something that's going to deter my ambitions, nor my focus as a moving force in this political world."

The flyer has also been posted on PA Politics on Facebook.  Monday the site's administrator Antone Goudeaux wrote, "Due to recent controversy regarding a flyer distributed and posted on our family of sites, it is imperative that everyone knows that politics is a game for grown-ups, not the faint at heart."

Mason said, "I know it's part of it, and we'll just rise above it."

We contacted the man who currently holds the District 1 seat that Mason is seeking.  Councilman Raymond Scott told us he has yet to announce whether he will seek re-election.

Scott did tell 12News he knows nothing about the flyer.

The filing period to run in the May city elections starts January 29.

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