2015 San Antonio mayoral election
|Elections in Texas|
On May 9, 2015, the city of San Antonio, Texas, held an election to choose the next Mayor of San Antonio. Interim mayor Ivy Taylor ran for election to a full term and narrowly defeated former state senator Leticia Van de Putte in the runoff election on June 13, 2015, to become the first African American elected to the position.
Julian Castro, who was first elected mayor in the 2009 mayoral election, was selected in 2014 to become the next United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. Upon that announcement, State Representative Mike Villarreal immediately announced he would run to succeed Castro in the 2015 election. Once Castro was confirmed by the U.S. Senate, the San Antonio City Council selected Ivy Taylor as interim mayor by a third-round unanimous vote becoming the city's first African-American mayor.
In November 2014, after losing the race to become Lieutenant Governor of Texas, outgoing State Senator Leticia Van de Putte announced she would run for mayor despite earlier reports saying she would not seek the position. Additionally, in spite of earlier promises that Taylor would not run for a full term in the May election, she ultimately entered the race in February 2015.
After the deadline to file passed, four candidates (Adkisson, Taylor, Van de Putte and Villarreal) were considered the frontrunners in the race, though none of them were able to poll above fifty percent and avoid a runoff.
- Tommy Adkisson, former Bexar County Commissioner
- Cynthia Brehm
- Cynthia Cavazos
- Douglas Emmett
- Michael Idrogo
- Paul Martinez, retired Army major
- Pogo Mochello Reese
- Julie Iris Oldham, perennial candidate
- Gerard Ponce, former Bexar County Court Coordinator and 2014 Republican candidate for Bexar County Judge
- Rhett Smith, perennial candidate and Green Party activist
- Ivy Taylor, Mayor of San Antonio and former city councilwoman
- Leticia Van de Putte, former state senator and Democratic nominee for Lieutenant Governor of Texas in 2014
- Mike Villarreal, former state representative
- Raymond Zavala, community organizer and previous mayoral candidate
italicized individuals and organizations are post-regular election endorsements
|Van de Putte|
Van de Putte
|Anderson Williams Research||April 29, 2015||17%||24%||29%||18%||11%|
On May 9, 2015, the election for mayor was held. None of the leading candidates received more than 50% of the vote and as a result, a runoff election was scheduled for Saturday, June 13, 2015 between the top two vote getters.
|✓||Leticia Van de Putte||25,982||30.43%|
|Michael "Commander" Idrogo||221||0.26%|
|Julie Iris Oldham (Mama Bexar)||103||0.12%|
|Pogo Mochello Reese||29||0.03%|
* Vote percentage include all of Bexar County with a total of 12,316 either voting in another municipal election or casting no ballot for San Antonio mayor.
More people voted in the runoff election for mayor than did in the regular election on May 9, 2015. Taylor found most of her support from conservatives within the city who typically reside on the north side and from her former city council district on the east side. Meanwhile, Van de Putte performed best on the west and south sides of town.
|Leticia Van de Putte||47,331||48.30%|
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