Ivy Taylor

On his final day broadcasting from Texas, Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson sits down with San Antonio Mayor Ivy Taylor, who took the oath of office this week.

He asks her about San Antonio’s rapid growth, housing prices, a controversy over an anti-discrimination ordinance that protects members of the LGBT community, and the recent departure of the ride-sharing services Uber and Lyft from San Antonio.

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.

After more than six months of campaigning with a field of 14 candidates and now two, San Antonio voters are deciding who will be their next mayor:  interim Mayor Ivy Taylor or former state Sen. Leticia Van de Putte.

Polling places are open across the Alamo City until 7 p.m.  The Bexar County Elections site has links to voting locations and information.

The candidates for San Antonio mayor are pulling out all the stops as they push to get their voters to the polls Saturday, which is Election Day. 

Consultants for interim Mayor Ivy Taylor and former state Sen. Leticia both say the race is close.

During a live Texas Public Radio debate Monday the two candidates for San Antonio mayor agreed on some important policy issues:  the need to provide more affordable housing in and around downtown; a desire for more competitive airline service; and a willingness to consider financial incentives to attract a professional soccer franchise to the Alamo City.  

Watch the entire debate at the bottom of the page 

During the 60-minute live broadcast candidates Ivy Taylor and Leticia Van de Putte generally remained civil while disagreeing on a number of policy issues. 

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