Ivy Taylor is sworn in as interim mayor (Photo: SATV)
City Council selects Ivy Taylor as interim mayor
QSanAntonio, July 22, 2014
The San Antonio City Council selected Councilwoman Ivy Taylor as the interim
mayor of San Antonio.
Taylor beat out coucilmembers Shirley Gonzales, Ray Lopez
and Ron Nirenberg for the position. In remarks made before the vote, members
of the City Council who supported Taylor spoke of her experience and tenure
as reasons for voting for her.
The selection was made during the third round of voting at which point
Taylor had 5 votes and Councilman Ray Lopez had 3 votes. Seeing the advantage
that Taylor had, Lopez withdrew his name from contention, clearing the
way for Taylor's victory.
In her remarks at the meeting, Taylor said she wanted to focus on "what
unites us versus what divides us." She added that, while she was
a "humble person" she was "the best-suited to lead the
city during this transitionary period."
Taylor said that we all wanted strong neighborhoods, a good economy and
a place where "we can act out our faith."
There were about 20 people who spoke during the Citizens to be Heard portion
of the meeting. Several LGBT activists spoke including former CAUSA co-chair
Dan Graney, and CAUSA co-chair Kelli Maples.
"We need a face that is a welcoming one that embraces
fairness and equality," Graney said. "I therefore respectfully
implore you to appoint an interim mayor who championed and voted for including
LGBT protections in the NDO last year and is committed to furthering its
In her remarks, Maples said, "I am looking for a mayor
that believes that discrimination for one is discrimination for all. A
mayor that believes in protecting the rights of all groups covered by
the non-discrimination ordinance."
Many in the LGBT community lobbied actively against Taylor
because she voted against the nondiscrimination ordinance and because
of remarks she made prior to her vote against the ordinance. (See related
links below.) However, she did have a handful of LGBT supporters who felt
she should not be denied the position because of that one vote.
In remarks posted on Facebook, Chad Reumann, a governor
for the local chapter of the Human Rights Campaign said, "I hope
we as a community can regroup and now focus on how we can work with Mayor
Taylor. I had hoped for something else. Yet I know now we must try and
Local blogger Randy Bear, who supported Taylor's appointment, posted,
"So here's my suggestion to CAUSA. Take time to work through your
anger, but then start working with Mayor Ivy Taylor to get the NDO implemented.
She has committed to it and you can make this a success for the community
by taking her up on that commitment."
Immediately after she won the interim mayor vote, Taylor was sworn in
and took over the meeting where she presided over an agenda item that
set up the special election in District 2 for her replacement.
After the City Council meeting had ended, Taylor spoke to
Texas Public Radio about her relationship with the LGBT community.
"I've always been committed to working with everyone
in our community, even though we may not always agree on every issue,"
said Taylor. "I've talked with them about some of the things they'd
like to see moving forward as far as implementation and I pledged that
I'd be willing to work on that."
The LGBT community should reconsider Ivy Taylor
By Marsha Warren, QSanAntonio, July 21, 2014
In the next few days, the San Antonio City Council will elect an interim
mayor. From the body of council, they will select from amongst themselves
the person who would become the one person who will represent all people
of San Antonio, regardless of their beliefs, ethnicity, cultural background,
or sexual orientation and gender identity. The person will serve as interim
until the next election in May 2015.I
down for Ivy Taylor from CAUSA
QSanAntonio, July 19, 2014
In a statement issued on Friday, July 18 CAUSA (Community Alliance for
a United San Antonio) did not endorse any of the four city council members
who are seeking the position of interim mayor. However, one sentence in
the statement made clear who they did not want to get the job.
issues statement on selection of interim mayor
QSanAntonio, July 18, 2014
CAUSA (Community Alliance for a United San Antonio) issued a statement
on Friday, July 18 regarding the selection of the interim mayor. Here
is the text of that statement.
to weigh in on interim mayor selection
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.
to Ivy Taylor persists as interim mayor selection nears
QSanAntonio, July 11, 2014
In just a few days, the City Council will begin the process of selecting
the interim mayor. Within the LGBT community, there appears to be a consensus
as to who should get the post: Anyone but Ivy Taylor.
deny Ivy Taylor’s chance to ‘evolve’
By Frederick Williams, San Antonio Current, July 2, 2014
Some residents from the LBGT community have publicly made it known that
they oppose Ivy Taylor’s consideration by the council to serve as
mayor in the interim before May’s general election.
defense of Ivy Taylor
By Charles Kuffner, OffTheKuff.com, July 6, 2014
Ivy Taylor is a San Antonio City Council member. She’s currently
considered a frontrunner to succeed outgoing Mayor Julian Castro once
he leaves to become Housing Secretary. Her elevation to Mayor would be
historic, as she would be the first African-American Mayor of San Antonio,
but it has also generated some controversy because in 2013 she voted against
expanding the city’s non-discrimination ordinance.
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.
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.
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.