Javier Gonzalez, who earlier announced that he was seriously considering vying for Mayor of Santa Fe, came out gay Wednesday in a blog post, making him the second openly gay potential candidate for the office behind City Councilor Patti Bushee.

“You see, when you come from a traditional family with deep roots in this community, the process of accepting that you are gay is complicated with fears about disappointing those you love, or becoming disconnected with a sense of place that is as much a part of me as my sexuality,” Gonzalez wrote at the website of Familia es Familia, an organization which works to “build support among Latino communities for acceptance of gay and lesbian family members.”

Gonzales told the Santa Fe New Mexican that response was positive.

“Based on the reaction today, it reflects the beauty of our families in Northern New Mexico to accept our sons and daughters for who they are,” Gonzalez said.

Gonzalez, a former Santa Fe County commissioner and state Democratic Party chairman, currently serves on the Board of Regents for New Mexico State University and works for a commercial property company. His father served one term as mayor in the early 70s.