Mayoral Election

LIVE: Leading Mayoral Candidates Debate Policies And Visions

Apr 20, 2017

  

Incumbent Mayor Ivy Taylor, City Councilman Ron Nirenberg and Bexar County Democratic Party Chairman Manuel Medina will be sitting down today with Texas Public Radio talk show host David Martin Davies for the last media-sponsored debate before the start of early voting.

 

 

AARON SCHRANK/ TPR

Bexar County Democratic Party Chairman Manuel Medina announced Saturday morning he will join San Antonio’s mayoral race.

“We need independent leadership at City Hall,” Medina told a crowd of supporters in front of the San Fernando Cathedral in Main Plaza. “We need a vision for today at City Hall. We need transparency and to restore the public trust at City Hall. You’ve told me you want a mayor that will focus and prioritize the situation on taxes, public safety and transportation.”

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. 

  

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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