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AISD school board member outed after being elected

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Reverend, Doctor Jayme Mathias may be the first non-Hispanic to represent the people of AISD District two. He is also being called the first openly gay school trustee.

"This is this morning's newspaper article outing me. So it's being reported in the press that I outed myself, actually it was my chief strategist," said Mathias.

The fact that he's gay came out after he won the race by 104 votes.

"During the race, neither my opponent or anyone else associated with him felt the need to bring this up, nor did I feel the need to bring up anything about his personal life," he said.

Mathias now represents people like Francis and Frank Martinez.

"He was our priest," said Francis Martinez.

"A school board member should be around our kids. I wouldn't feel too comfortable," said Frank Martinez.

Some voters feel deceived.

"He didn't come out to say it, uh, his lifestyle, until after the fact," said Francis Martinez.

"For those who would say that they would not have voted for me had they known this about me, I think says much more about that person than it does this trustee elect," said Mathias.

Some have even voiced their opinions via hate mail.

Mathias said one stated "You are a lying sob, I'm disgusted that my wife and I have trusted, respected and supported you in your endeavors throughout the years, but not no more…" and another one stated "hope you die soon and burn in hell."

Mathias says his sexuality has never been an issue before, but this is the first time he's openly admitting it.

"For those who have been bullied, or for those who feel that they've been denied any opportunities, I think this is a tremendous opportunity to give them a voice and another role model," said Mathias.

Mathias' goal is improve children's education.

"I feel that District 2…that for so many years has been on the backburner of the school board. Not too many positive things have come out of some of the east Austin schools." he said. "I see it as my role to try to build bridges, to bring healing, to create conversations, so that we as a community, for the sake of our students and their families, can continue moving forward, serving them better."

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