City Council members Cris Medina, Ray Lopez and Ivy
CAUSA to weigh in on interim mayor
QSanAntonio, June 25, 2014
Members of the Community Alliance for a United San Antonio (CAUSA) met
on June 24 to discuss, among other things, the selection of the interim
mayor and who might best fill the position.
Many in the LGBT community have expressed concern about who might replace
Mayor Julian Castro ever since an article in the San Antonio Express-News
said that City Councilwoman Ivy Taylor appeared to be the frontrunner
for the job.
Last September, Taylor voted against the city's nondiscrimination ordinance
citing personal and religious objections to the measure. Taylor has said
she will support the NDO because it is now "the law of the land."
However, for some LGBT activists, this is not enough to support her as
In a June 15 article, former CAUSA co-chair Dan Graney told the Express-News,
"I don't think she's representative of this entire city. She doesn't
support equality for LGBT people, and it's very bothersome. I don't think
she should spend one day in the mayor's office because of it.”
While some CAUSA members agree with Graney, others feel that Taylor should
be given a chance to "evolve" on LGBT issues, saying that they
would like to meet with Taylor before dismissing her out of hand.
At the meeting, CAUSA members decided that they would arrange meetings
with who they see as the top three candidates for interim mayor: Ivy Taylor,
Ray Lopez and Cris Medina.
Medina, who represents District 7, has not "officially" announced
that he is interested in becoming interim mayor. However in a June 8 article,
columnist Josh Baugh wrote in the Express-News:
"Medina, who aspires to win the appointment, said he's mostly likely
willing to pledge not to run in 2015 if that puts his colleagues at ease
in selecting an interim mayor. 'I've told my colleagues with certainty
if not choosing to run in 2015 would take the politics out of it, I would
with certainty strongly consider not running in 2015,' he said."
Both Medina and Lopez voted in favor of the nondiscrimination ordinance
and before that approved the measure to extend domestic partner benefits
to city employees including same-sex couples. However, Lopez has said
he intends to run for mayor, a choice that some say would give him an
unfair advantage in next year's mayoral race.
Some on the City Council, most notably Diego Bernal, say the interim mayor
should be someone who will not run for the office later.
CAUSA leadership at the meeting said they would issue a statement of expectations
for the next mayor once they had met with the three council members.
On thing nearly all CAUSA members agreed on was that no member of the
City Council should be openly criticized. They urged members to stick
to talking points that emphasized that the next mayor should be someone
who supports equality for all of the city's citizens.
balk at idea of Ivy Taylor as interim mayor
QSanAntonio, June 16, 2014
Political activists in the LGBT community say they are concerned by the
news that City Councilwoman Ivy Taylor may be the frontrunner for the
post of interim mayor after Mayor Julian Castro leaves San Antonio to
take a position in President Obama's cabinet.
Look To The Future, Not the Past
By Randy Bear, Bexar Left and Right, June 17, 2014
It seems that some within our city’s LGBT community don’t
seem to be able to move past a vote taken almost a year ago with regards
to the non-discrimination ordinance. One of the potential candidates for
interim mayor, Councilwoman Ivy Taylor, is being rejected, not because
of her work on council, but because of her vote on the ordinance, as if
that one vote completely defined her council career.
The next mayor of San Antonio must support equality for all
By Dan Graney, QSanAntonio, June 17, 2014
I was recently quoted in the San Antonio Express-News as opposing the
appointment of District 2 City Councilwoman Ivy Taylor as interim mayor
after Mayor Castro is confirmed and sworn in as Secretary of Housing and
Urban Development. I just wanted to issue a statement that elaborates
on why I think she does not deserve to be the mayor of this great city,
not even for one minute.