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Joey Palacios / Texas Public Radio

San Antonio’s interim mayor is soon to become the city’s first, elected black female mayor.  At her Saturday night victory party, Ivy Taylor said she wants to get back to city business that’s been interrupted by a bruising, six month campaign. 

At her confetti-filled victory celebration, Ivy Taylor told a crowd of cheering supporters, “We’ve defeated a political machine.”

Throughout her campaign Taylor cast opponent Leticia Van de Putte as a partisan politician.  Van de Putte was repeatedly elected as a Democrat during her 24 years in the state legislature.

Ryan Loyd / Texas Public Radio

Update: 9:40 p.m.

Ivy Taylor becomes San Antonio's first elected African-American Mayor.

Update 9:35 p.m. 

Texas Public Radio's Shelley Kofler has reported that former State Senator Leticia Van de Putte has conceded, saying she was proud of the race they ran. 

TPR's Joey Palacios reports the crowds at now Mayor Ivy Taylor's watch party going wild. With 96 percent of San Antonio's votes counted, Taylor captured 49,430 or 52 percent of the vote to Van de Putte's 48 percent.

With that, Ivy Taylor becomes the first elected African-American Mayor of San Antonio. 

  

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  This week on Fronteras:

--Texas spends millions on border security but wants the Obama administration to pay for it.

--Texas farmers survived the drought.  Now they’re working to survive recent flooding.

--Water problems also are plaguing New Mexico where runoff from the storms is polluting the Rio Grande.

--A Fort Worth organization is helping young people recover from the financial consequences of gang life.

--An Austin mother in public housing is struggling to keep her son in one school. 

Grassroots Leadership

Is there a profit motive behind the build up on the border? A new report shows that for-profit immigration detention centers in South Texas have struck a deal providing guaranteed quotas of illegal immigrants held in detention.

Cristina Parker is the Immigration Projects Director at Grassroots Leadership

Texas Matters: Militarizing The Border

Jun 12, 2015
David Martin Davies

New armor plated Blackhawk helicopters are heading to the Texas Mexico border. Last weekend a border patrol helicopter was force to emergency land near Laredo after being fired on from the Mexican side of the border. The arrival of the Blackhawks is the latest move to beef up the military presence on the border. But this is not a new phenomenon it’s been going on for over a century.

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