Interim San Antonio Mayor Ivy Taylor was holding on to a slim lead Saturday night, leading former state Sen. Leticia Van de Putte by a 51-49 percentage point margin with 85 percent of the vote counted.
Taylor has found backing from the city’s conservative sectors, partly because of her opposition to the city’s nondiscrimination ordinance in 2013 and because she campaigned on killing the controversial streetcar project.
Taylor appears to have benefited from the power of incumbency as well. She was appointed to the city’s top position last summer after then-Mayor Julián Castro departed for a position in President Barack Obama’s Cabinet as the secretary of housing. Taylor won the appointment partly based on a promise to her colleagues that she would not seek a full term.
At the Wyndham hotel just north of downtown, supporters began filling a room to watch poll returns early in the evening.
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“I know a lot of Hispanics felt they needed to root for Leticia, but in my opinion she's going to be spending a lot of her time working behind the scene to get Hillary (Clinton) elected,” said Slagle, a Latina. “She won't have a lot of time to give to San Antonio.”
Slagle said she attended several mayoral forums and found Taylor “the most authentic.”
Cassa Immanuel said he's supporting Taylor because “she's the most qualified, she has a great deal of experience — and above all, she's the incumbent.”
The party featured an cash bar, two huge flat-screen televisions, a disc jockey and red, white and blue balloons.
At Van de Putte’s campaign headquarters on the West Side, supporters filled plates with quintessential San Antonio foods such as quesadillas and nachos.
Roy Paniagua, Van de Putte’s second cousin, said the former lawmaker has “that capability of doing things.”
Despite a close race, Paniagua said he’s still positive that she’ll prove victorious.
“If not, we’ll just have to work with Ivy and see what she can do,” he said.
Local runoff results
Grapevine-Colleyville Independent School District Board of Trustees Place 1
Mindy McClure edged out Mark Assaad for GCISD Board of Trustees Place 1 with 54.56 percent of the vote.
McClure, 45, accrued 1,461 votes compared to Assaad’s 1,217.
McClure and Assaad ran in a three-way race and neither was able to secure a majority percent of the vote to win the seat in the May election. In that election, McClure received 33.96 percent of the vote and Assaad 36.78 percent.
Burleson City Council Place 3
DanO Strong, 60, won the Burleson City Council Place 3 seat over Curtis Hawk.
Strong’s 240 votes were enough to beat Hawk’s 166, according to a City of Burleson news release.
The May 13, 2015 council election featured a four-way race for Place 3 and candidates needed 50 percent of the vote to win the seat. Strong earned 44.89 percent and Hawk 34.03 percent.