District 2 election runoff heats up with endorsements and alleged homophobia
SAN ANTONIO – The second round of the District 2 city council elections heats up with endorsements and allegations of homophobia.
Councilor Jada Andrews-Sullivan tries to push back her former staff member, Jalen McKee-Rodriguez, in a race that has had a personal connotation from the very beginning. McKee-Rodriguez, who is now a high school teacher, said he left the counselor’s staff because of retaliation he suffered after talking to her about problems with treating another staff member as a openly gay man, which Andrews-Sullivan denies.
Both survived a 12-vote election on May 1, with McKee-Rodriguez taking 26% of their vote and Andrews-Sullivan getting 17%, and their second head-to-head round was one of the local races. the most watched.
Today, accusations of homophobia are coming back, even if they are strongly contested.
McKee-Rodriguez tweeted Tuesday that: “There are pastors and church leaders who tell their congregation that a vote for me is a sin … and the counselor allows this rhetoric and behavior because she takes advantage.
There are pastors and church leaders who tell their congregation that a vote for me is a sin … and the counselor allows this rhetoric and behavior because she takes advantage of it.
Please help me bring more blockwalkers to the field: https://t.co/LEVc0fYF90
– Jalen McKee-Rodriguez for District 2 (@theloserteacher) May 25, 2021
Although the tweet does not name anyone in particular, McKee-Rodriguez told KSAT that he also posted something similar on his personal Facebook page and named two pastors in the comments. He has since made the Facebook post private, but the tweet remains online.
“Those who watch, who look at me as a role model, who look at me and see someone breaking through a barrier, if I keep quiet now, what does it say to them when they face adversity, when they be challenged, when, you know, they are told their love is bad? McKee-Rodriguez said.
McKee-Rodriguez told KSAT his campaign team heard from voters that their pastor, Jonathan Ellis of Conquerors Assembly Church in District 1, told them that a vote for him would amount to sin. Ellis vehemently denied saying this in a Facebook Live video.
“I didn’t say that, I didn’t say that, I have no reason to say that, especially about someone I don’t know,” Ellis said.
McKee-Rodriguez also told KSAT he heard that Union of Baptist Ministers president Patrick Jones made homophobic comments about him. Jones also made a video on Facebook Live, in which he said McKee-Rodriguez’s “lifestyle” was not the reason he couldn’t support his candidacy.
“It only had to do with this young man who did nothing in the community. He has no imprint in our community. He did absolutely nothing, ”Jones said in his own Facebook Live video.
Ellis and Jones appeared on Thursday as part of a group of pastors giving Andrews-Sullivan their personal endorsement in the second round.
“Because Jada Andrews-Sullivan has shown flawless execution with unparalleled results which has dramatically shaped the heart of District 2 and re-energized an openness to community functions on how District 2 can continue to thrive and become. a microcosm and the norm for all of San Antonio, ”said Pastor Jeffrey Garner of the New Jerusalem Baptist Church.
The Rev. Jerry Dailey, president of the Community of Churches for Advocacy, said the pastors were not there to represent any organization and their individual backers came out of a debate forum last Thursday, and “it didn’t had nothing to do with the statement., no matter what anyone said.
Andrews-Sullivan hailed pastors’ approval on Friday as a “blessing.” She declined to respond directly to McKee-Rodriguez’s tweet, however.
“What we do is stay positive,” she told KSAT. “Our community deserves positivity, our community deserves to be encouraged, our community deserves to be a part of the conversation and not to have negativity.”
Andrews-Sullivan said it was also approved by the San Antonio Apartment Association and the San Antonio Board of Realtors. Campaign literature also boasts of endorsements from several “neighborhoods”.
While showing support from the religious community could prove crucial for Andrews-Sullivan, McKee-Rodriguez has his own list of endorsements, which includes the Progressive Group, Texas Organizing Project, and high profile figures like Julian and Joaquin. Castro.
Early voting will continue on Saturday May 29 and Tuesday June 1. Election day is Saturday June 5.
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