(AP) An 18-year-old Houston-area high school student will now join his school district's board and become one of the youngest elected officials in the United States.

Michael Floyd won a seat Saturday on the Pearland Independent School District board, beating incumbent Rusty DeBorde by almost 500 votes.

Floyd told the Houston Chronicle in March that he ran in part because the district superintendent, John Kelly, questioned whether transgender children should be allowed to use the bathroom of their choice. Kelly said he thought "legalizing pedophilia and polygamy" might be next.

He also says the board needs to be more transparent and responsive to students and teachers.

According to the Chronicle, less than 1 percent of school board members nationwide are under the age of 30.

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