Javier Gonzalez was elected mayor of Santa Fe on Tuesday.

The 47-year-old Gonzalez, a father of two young daughters, came out gay over the summer in an op-ed posted on the website of Familia es Familia, an organization which works to “build support among Latino communities for acceptance of gay and lesbian family members.”

“I stand before you humbled. I stand before you standing on the shoulders of people like Mayor Coss and my father and so many who have been before in this position to say that I am ready to accept that responsibility and the honor of being your mayor,” Gonzalez told jubilant supporters, referring to outgoing Mayor David Coss and Mayor George Gonzales, his father who served one term as mayor in the early 70s.

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 is a vice president of a commercial property company.

Gonzalez will preside over a City Council which includes two openly gay women.