SAN ANTONIO — Ivy Taylor began Tuesday’s special-called council meeting as the representative for 1/10th of the city, but by lunch, her constituency had grown to all of San Antonio.
She emerged from a field of four council members for the mayoral appointment, succeeding Julián Castro as mayor of the seventh-largest city in the U.S.
Longtime Taylor supporter and trusted adviser Lou Miller led with that point during an interview with the San Antonio Express-News.
“We are ecstatic about the whole prospect of her becoming the first African-American female mayor in America of a city more than 1 million people,” he said.
In her first news conference as mayor, though, Taylor downplayed the racial element of her appointment.
“I’m humbled and honored to be able to … fill a page in the history books. I certainly believe that the skill set and experience I bring to the table surpass those characteristics about myself,” she said. “But I’m excited that the statement’s been made that San Antonio is an inclusive community where anyone can serve in the highest office here in our city.”
Taylor was sworn in as mayor just after noon Tuesday after Castro officially resigned the post. He’ll begin his new job on Monday in Washington, D.C., serving as a member of President Barack Obama’s Cabinet at the Department of Housing and Urban Development.