When former Arizona Representative Gabby Giffords was shot in 2011 several bystanders were hailed as heroes and credited with saving her life. Among that group was Daniel Hernandez, then an intern for Giffords.
Hernandez, and out, gay man, now serves on the school board for the Sunnyside Unified School District just outside of Tuscon and is facing a recall election complete with homophobic rhetoric.
A flyer has been distributed throughout the district stating, among other things, “Put a REAL Man on the Sunnyside Board...Daniel Hernandez is LGBT...We need someone who will support Sports and cares about our kids. We don’t need someone who hates our values.”
Hernandez has opposed extending the contract of the current superintendent and has advocated for gun violence prevention.
"I've had a target on my back from my fellow board members for awhile because I don't go with the flow, and if something doesn't sound right or make sense, I call them out on it," Hernandez said. "My governing board president has started the recall process on me, with the people who are his friends and closest allies in the community. I'm not overly concerned they're going to get the 1,300 signatures, but just the negative tone and nature of the way they're doing it has been really bothersome and upsetting," he continued.
Those opposing Hernandez need to collect 1,300 signatures before December 14th to get a recall vote on the ballot.
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