SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Ivy Taylor has been elected mayor of San Antonio, Texas, becoming the first African-American elected to the post.
Taylor, who was appointed interim mayor last summer, defeated former state Sen. Leticia Van de Putte in the runoff election Saturday. Taylor captured the election with nearly 52 percent of the vote.
Taylor said in her victory speech, “The work starts on Monday at City Hall. We come together now as a city.”
Taylor last July was on the San Antonio City Council when fellow members voted to appoint her as mayor to replace Julian Castro. He became secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Van de Putte said she’s not sure what her future in politics holds, but for now she plans to spend more time with her family.