Ivy Taylor, appointed interim mayor of San Antonio, Texas last summer, defeated former state Sen. Leticia Van de Putte in a hotly contested runoff election Saturday, Reuters reports.

The Yale-educated urban planning professor, whose strong Christian faith appealed to evangelicals, won with an unlikely coalition of the city’s two largest minority voting groups, Blacks and generally conservative White voters, the latter comprising just 26 percent of the 1.4 million population, writes the news site.

Taylor is the first elected Black mayor of San Antonio.

From Reuters:

Taylor was appointed interim mayor last summer, when Julian Castro resigned to become Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, winning the seat outright in Saturday’s runoff with 52 percent against one of the state’s best-known politicians.

Leticia Van de Putte, vying to become the city’s first elected Hispanic woman mayor, has been a prominent member of the Texas State Legislature for 25 years and was the Democratic Party nominee for Lieutenant Governor in 2014…

Taylor appealed to conservatives in the non-partisan race by stressing Van de Putte’s long ties to the Democratic Party, including co-chairing the 2008 Democratic National Convention which nominated Barack Obama, who remains unpopular in Texas.

Congratulations, Ivy Taylor. Good luck!

SOURCE: Reuters  | VIDEO CREDIT: NDN

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