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San Antonio, Texas Receives Their First Black Female Mayor

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By: Naturally Triece

Ivy Taylor has been elected as the first African-American female mayor of San Antonia, Texas.

Taylor, who was appointed interim mayor last summer, has defeated former state Sen. Leticia Van de Putte in the runoff election this past Saturday. Taylor captured the election by receiving nearly 52% of the vote.

Taylor said while giving her victory speech, that “the work starts on Monday at City Hill. We come together now as a city.”

In July of last year, Taylor was on the San Antonio City Council when fellow members voted to appoint her as the mayor to replace Julian Castro. He became the secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Van de Putte says that she’s not sure what her future holds in the eye of politics, but for now she just plans to spend more time at home with her family.

Ivy Taylor was first elected as a part of the San Antonio City Council back in 2009 to represent District two, and was subsequently re-elected in 2011 and 2013.

When Julian Castro was selected by President Obama in 2014 to serve as the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development he was then obliged to vacate his position as the Mayor of San Antonio. Taylor was selected from the group of ten different council members and took home the victory.

Taylor is married to Rodney Taylor and has one daughter, Morgan. She received her bachelor’s degree in American Studies in 1992 from Yale University, and her master’s degree in City and Regional Planning in 1998 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Taylor is a member of Delta Sigma Theta, she was initiated during her time at Yale.

It sure is great to see black women doing such big things. We at Naturally Moi congratulate Mrs. Taylor on her big win!

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