Jayme Mathias made history on Tuesday
when he became the first openly gay Austin school board member.
According to ABC affiliate KVUE, voters
learned that Mathias is gay through a news story published on
Thursday, upsetting some voters who claim the former Roman Catholic
priest – now in the American Catholic Church – deceived them.
“I thought that serving on the school
board was all about serving our students and their families,” the
District 2 trustee-elect told the network.
Being gay “is something that I didn't
feel the need to reveal. It's part of who I am, an important part of
who I am, but it's not all of who I am.”
Just 104 votes separated Mathias and
his rival, Sam Guzman.
Frances Martinez said it was a
“question of honesty.”
“He could have been honest to us.
What else is there for us to know,” she said.
“I think parents should have the
right to know,” said Larry Amaro, who is calling for a recount.
“Because it will sway an election.”
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