Ivy Taylor

What Happened in the City Runoff Election of 2017?

Watching the San Antonio election results on Election Day last Saturday evening was certainly no nail-biting affair. The results were clearly evident during the seven o’clock hour when the early voting report scrolled across the TV screens, even though the tallies from the 30% of the votes from election day  was yet to be counted. There never was a substantial change in the numbers before the final winners and losers were declared. In the aftermath of the election, a common reaction of the local conservative leaders I interviewed after election day was denial followed by horror then a sense of…


Recommendations: 2017 San Antonio Runoff Election

Early voting has started in San Antonio today for the 2017 Runoff Election leading up to election day on  June 10th. The office of Mayor and six council seats are in play for the 2017-2018 term. It appears this is part of living in San Antonio, the state of Texas and in many areas in America where one election runs into another almost endlessly. You can blame the frequency of elections on the short two year terms of office required by city and state charters not to mention the multiplying number of independent city/communities and unincorporated communities within Bexar County….


Brehm and Brockhouse: Two Candidates Worthy of Support in the 2017 San Antonio Run-Off Election

The San Antonio City Council election on May 6th certainly surprised many voters. A crowded field, there were 79 candidates vying for eleven seats on the city council including the Mayor’s office. Whatever choices voters made in that election, there now is another runoff election on June 10th with a pared down list consisting of the two top vote getters who did not achieve 50% of the vote for Mayor and City Council Districts 1, 2, 6, 8, 9, 10. While the Alamo Torch is evaluating the run-off election candidates and will provide recommendations before early voting, there are two…


May 4th, 2017 – National Day of Prayer in San Antonio

San Antonio participated in the National Day of Prayer  held downtown in front of City Hall today. It was the 32nd consecutive observance in San Antonio of the National Day of Prayer established as a national annual event by a joint resolution of Congress, signed into law by President Harry Truman in 1952, and designated in 1988 for the first Thursday in May by President Ronald Reagan. In San Antonio over 900 attended the well organized prayer event downtown with worship music, speeches, and group prayer. Cornerstone Church’s Sanctuary Choir and Praise team was excellent, uplifting the event attendees. Fourteen schools…


A Julian Castro defeat in San Antonio

By Ken Allard, Republished from the Washington Times, Monday, June 15, 2015 Because the mainstream media was fawning all over Hillary Clinton’s latest campaign re-set, you might not have seen these weekend headlines. A quietly determined underdog triumphed over an entrenched political machine. A potential vice-presidential candidate in 2016 was abandoned by his political base. And the underdog began her victory speech by shouting “To God Be The Glory!” – a felony anywhere but in Texas. All those things happened on Saturday when Ivy Taylor became the first black woman elected as San Antonio’s mayor. Initially given little chance, she defeated…


Why I’m Voting for Mayor Ivy Taylor

I grew up back east in towns like Boston and Baltimore, where pulpit messages often told parishioners for whom they should vote. But depending on whether the pulpit was Catholic or Protestant, you might receive mixed messages about whether John Kennedy should be elected president. Both sides probably exaggerated JFK’s religious devotion but were closer together only a few years later when defending civil rights as simple and overdue justice. I grew up amidst the divisions that followed. Ever since, I have believed that sermons are inappropriate occasions for instructing anyone about how they should vote – much less for…


Recommendations for the June 2015 San Antonio City Runoff Elections

by Phil Sevilla, Texas Leadership Institute for Public Advocacy Mayoral Election We FAVOR Ivy Taylor for Mayor of San Antonio Our mission is to assist voters residing in Bexar County in making informed decisions during political elections. Our volunteer staff scrutinizes elected officials, vetting political candidates who will promote and defend authentic Catholic moral principles in local, state, and federal offices. This runoff election on June 13th in Bexar County comprises two municipal offices – the office of Mayor of San Antonio and the Councilman seat for District 7. The two candidates in this runoff election are Texas State Senator Leticia…


City Council Turning A Blind Eye to Abortion Expansion in San Antonio

I wish I was writing this article to expose something about some important prudential issue like pot holes, speed bumps, ride sharing or salaries for City Council members, but unfortunately it is about the actual taking of human life. Texas HB 2, the omnibus pro-life state legislative bill passed into law in 2013, went into effect in January 2014. The new abortion regulations  limit abortions to the first 20 weeks, requires abortionists to obtain hospital admitting privileges, abortion facilities to meet state ambulatory surgical  center (ASC) standards, as well as requiring abortion providers  to follow the FDA-approved protocols for administering…


Adversity Uniting the Body of Christ

Thank God for the San Antonio Torch! This online magazine is not only the right format but has also arrived at precisely the right moment for the San Antonio faith community. Two years ago, we were sitting in the same pews, often in the very same churches where many of us had worshipped for most of our lives. While we dutifully read Christ’s prayer for unity on the eve of His crucifixion, it seemed as if Catholics and Protestants didn’t really have very much in common.  Of course, we recognized that we were all on the same side, applauding politely…