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BLACK SOCIAL HISTORY : AFRICAN AMERICAN " IVY TAYLOR " IS THE CURRENT MAYOR OF SAN ANTONIO AND THE FIRST AFRICAN AMERICAN TO HOLD THE POSITION : GOES INTO THE " HALL OF BLACK HEROES "

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Ivy Taylor


Ivy Taylor
Mayor of San Antonio
Incumbent
Assumed office
July 22, 2014
Preceded byJulian Castro
Personal details
BornBrooklynNew York
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Rodney Taylor
ChildrenMorgan Taylor
Alma materUniversity of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Yale University
Ivy Ruth Taylor is the current mayor of San Antonio and the first African-American to hold the position. She was elected by the city council to serve in the interim following Julian Castro's departure to the Obama administration.

Election

Ivy Taylor was first elected to San Antonio City Council in 2009 representing District 2, and was subsequently re-elected in 2011 and 2013.[1][2] When mayor Julian Castro was selected by President Barack Obama in May 2014,[3] to serve as the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development he was obliged to vacate his position as mayor of San Antonio.[4] The charter of San Antonio requires that the replacement mayor be elected by and from the other ten members of the City Council with a majority of six votes.[5] On July 22, 2014, the members of the San Antonio City Council held a special election to fill the vacant position. After Taylor and fellow councilman Ray Lopez split the vote 5-3 in favor of Taylor, Lopez withdrew from consideration, and Taylor was elected with a 9-0 vote.[6] Once Taylor was elected, Castro immediately resigned as mayor.
Although Taylor initially was repeatedly cited as saying that she would not run for mayor when her current term expires in 2015,[1][6][7]on February 16, 2015, she declared her candidacy for re-election.[8]

Personal life

Taylor is married to Rodney Taylor and has one daughter, Morgan.[7] She obtained a bachelor's degree in American Studies from Yale University in 1992 and a master's degree in City and Regional Planning from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1998.[2][1]
Taylor was initiated into Delta Sigma Theta during her time at New Haven, Connecticut.