The town mayor of San Angelo, Texas, has resigned his fourth term because of his relationship with a Mexican man who was in the US illegally.

J.W. Lown told the San Angelo Standard-Times in a phone call from Mexico that he was not comfortable accepting the post again knowing that he would be “aiding and assisting” a non-US citizen.

“… I knew it was the right decision to make for me and my partner and our future — and for the community,” Lown said. “We had to do the right thing and come to Mexico and wait in line for a visa.”

Lown had just won an overwhelming 89% of the votes in the election, a job which pays only $600 annually. “I think it goes without saying we lost a great public servant with Mayor Lown,” council member Jon Mark Hogg said. “He cared about and advocated for the city of San Angelo.”

“My impression is that he is very happy with the decision he made,” City Manager Harold Dominguez, who has spoken to Lown after he failed to attend his swearing-in ceremony on Tuesday, said. “He gave the decision-making process a lot of thought, and he is at peace with it. He did sound happy.”

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