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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Remember That Time Both Remaining Mayoral Candidates Promised Not To Run For Mayor?

Posted By on Wed, May 13, 2015 at 9:49 AM

On June 13, during a runoff election, either Ivy Taylor and Leticia Van de Putte will become San Antonio's next mayor.
  • On June 13, during a runoff election, either Ivy Taylor and Leticia Van de Putte will become San Antonio's next mayor.

Both Ivy Taylor and Leticia Van de Putte — the two remaining mayoral candidates — promised not to seek the city's top office.

Last July, City Council appointed Taylor, who at the time represented District 2, to serve out the remainder of  Julián Castro's term. President Barack Obama appointed Castro to secretary of the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, sending local politicians into a heated game of musical chairs.

Taylor secured the appointment because, in part, she promised not to run for mayor. But in February, Taylor announced that she changed her mind.

Also in July, Van de Putte was in a slugfest with Dan Patrick in state elections. She wanted to be lieutenant governor.

"Under no circumstances will I be running for mayor of San Antonio. I will be in the Senate come January 2015," she told the San Antonio Express-News after a reporter asked her about rumors that she was planning to run for mayor if she lost to Patrick.

Well, she lost and announced that she was running for mayor.

Despite the irony that San Antonio's next mayor promised not to run for the position, the election will be historic.

If Taylor is wins the runoff, she will be the first African-American elected by Alamo City voters. If Van de Putte wins, she'll be the first Latina elected by San Antonio voters. 

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