Last Saturday’s highly contested municipal election in San Antonio produced an historic result, as two female minority politicians advance to a run-off for the city’s top job, besting all of their numerous male contenders. Here’s the story from Patrick Svitek of the Texas Tribune…
Former state Sen. Leticia Van de Putte is set to face San Antonio Mayor Ivy Taylor in a runoff for the city’s top job.
It was the first step in determining who would permanently replace Julián Castro, who resigned as mayor last year to become President Obama’s secretary of housing and urban development.
The results mark a reversal of fortune for Van de Putte, who just months ago was trounced in the lieutenant governor’s race by Republican Dan Patrick. Talking to reporters late Saturday, she said speaking with voters across the state last year drew her even closer to San Antonio.
Former State Senator Van de Putte was the top vote-getter in last Saturday’s election, but Taylor came in as a very close second. With the run-off set for June 13th in what will surely be a very light turnout, anything is possible for this run-off.
It will be of particular interest to see how Progressive Politics comes into play for the mayoral election. There couldn’t be a more clear difference between the two politicians than LGBT rights. Where Van de Putte has stood time and again in favor of marriage equality and comprehensive non-discrimination laws, Taylor famously voted against San Antonio’s Non-Discrimination ordinance. In recent weeks doubled down on her views, calling debate over the measure a waste of time. Given how rapidly viewpoints are shifting across the state of Texas, it will be very interesting to see if these recent comments come back to haunt Taylor.
While it’s true that Taylor has pledged not to harm the NDO if elected to serve a full mayoral term, it is important for San Antonio voters to know that on LGBT issues, this campaign represents a very clear choice. Let’s all hope that Alamo City voters choose wisely on June 13th.
(Feature photo credit: San Antonio Current)