Ivy Taylor

  The campaign headquarters of former state senator Leticia Van de Putte vibrated with wild cheering shortly after the polls closed at 7 p.m.  The early vote showed Van de Putte leading a field of 14 candidates running for San Antonio mayor, and she remained in first place throughout the evening as Election Day tallies rolled in.

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Early voting begins today for local, May 9, elections. Following is the fourth profile of leading candidates in the 14-person race for San Antonio mayor. (Watch the video with candidate Ivy Taylor below.)

In the kitchen of her historic East Side home, San Antonio Mayor Ivy Taylor samples the chicken salad she’s fixing for her daughter. Something about the taste isn’t quite right.

“Maybe I put too much pickle relish in it,” she says to 11-year old Morgan.

“It needs sugar,” her daughter suggests.

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Friends have described him as driven.  He describes himself as a wonk who doesn’t like to delegate. Texas Public Radio continues our look at qualities the leading candidates for San Antonio Mayor would bring to the job, by making an early morning stop at the home of Mike Villarreal.  (Watch video produced with NowCastSA below.)

“All right Marcos let’s go.  Marcos.  Let’s go.”


San Antonio Councilmember Robert Trevino is accusing Uber of backing out of a deal he says the transportation company and the City struck together in March.


The District 1 councilman says Uber helped draft the final ordinance as the City sought to keep them in San Antonio, then did an about face and decided to leave.


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Mike Villarreal has launched the first TV ads in the race for San Antonio mayor. 

It was an effort that took three days of taping in more than two dozen locations around the city.

On a sidewalk outside his campaign headquarters on South Alamo, Former State Rep. Mike Villarreal takes his position as the director shouts, “Mark it.  And action.”