Leticia Van de Putte

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Former State Senator and mayoral candidate Leticia Van De Putte is throwing her support behind San Antonio Mayor Ivy Taylor. The endorsement was made at a private fundraiser for Taylor on Wednesday night.  It comes one year after a heated mayor's race between the two women. 

 

Van De Putte says she and Taylor may not agree on everything but she is impressed with Taylor's accomplishments as mayor and believes voters made the right choice.

 

Office of State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte

This week NPR and Texas Public Radio 89.1 are tackling the question: "Does my vote matter in electing our next president?"

Among Democrats, one of the disputes that’s emerged is over the inclusion of super delegates. 

Former Texas Sen.  Leticia Van de Putte will play a key role in addressing the super delegate debate at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia next month.

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Former Democratic state senator and San Antonio mayoral candidate Leticia Van de Putte described Cruz as being a “gentleman” in all the past encounters she has had with the former Texas solicitor general.

“He’s very polite, he’s charming.  And even though adversarial, he has a very different relationship one-on-one, very cordial, he asks about kids, I ask about his kids, he’s just a very regular guy," Van De Putte said.

But, “Given said that our views are radically opposite in many instances," Van De Putte explained.

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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.

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