Nigel Roberts of The Root is reporting the city of San Antonio, TX has elected Ivy Taylor as its first African American mayor. Taylor won a close runoff election against a Hispanic opponent, Letitia Van de Putte, in a Hispanic-majority city. Taylor, who was serving as interim mayor, won Saturday’s runoff with 52 percent of the vote, Reuters reports. Van de Putte would have been the city’s first Hispanic woman elected to the mayoral position had she won the run-off election.
Taylor won with an “unlikely coalition” of African-American and conservative white voters. They represent the largest minority voting groups in the city.
Taylor was serving on the San Antonio City Council last year when the council voted to appoint her to replace Mayor Julián Castro, who’s now secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.