The four Toronto Catholic trustees who voted against re-electing Angela Kennedy as chair are going public.

Despite last week’s secret ballot, the group — Rob Davis, Maria Rizzo, John Del Grande and Catherine LeBlanc-Miller — say they want their constituents to know they all supported LeBlanc-Miller.

Kennedy, who was elected chair of the Toronto Catholic District School Board in a 7 to 4 vote, is facing conflict of interest allegations from a May 2008 meeting in which she’s accused of taking part in and voting on budget matters that could have impacted her son, who was employed by the board as long-term occasional teacher.

“It is a generally accepted practice in politics that if facing charges one should step aside until your name is cleared in order to protect the reputation of the organization you lead,” the trustees said in a written release yesterday.