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Taylor beat out coucilmembers Shirley Gonzales, Ray Lopez and Ron Nirenberg for the position. In remarks made before the vote, members of the City Council who supported Taylor spoke of her experience and tenure as reasons for voting for her.

The selection was made during the third round of voting at which point Taylor had 5 votes and Councilman Ray Lopez had 3 votes. Seeing the advantage that Taylor had, Lopez withdrew his name from contention, clearing the way for Taylor's victory.

In her remarks at the meeting, Taylor said she wanted to focus on "what unites us versus what divides us." She added that, while she was a "humble person" she was "the best-suited to lead the city during this transitionary period."

Taylor said that we all wanted strong neighborhoods, a good economy and a place where "we can act out our faith."

There were about 20 people who spoke during the Citizens to be Heard portion of the meeting. Several LGBT activists spoke including former CAUSA co-chair Dan Graney, and CAUSA co-chair Kelli Maples.

"We need a face that is a welcoming one that embraces fairness and equality," Graney said. "I therefore respectfully implore you to appoint an interim mayor who championed and voted for including LGBT protections in the NDO last year and is committed to furthering its implementation expansion."

In her remarks, Maples said, "I am looking for a mayor that believes that discrimination for one is discrimination for all. A mayor that believes in protecting the rights of all groups covered by the non-discrimination ordinance."

Many in the LGBT community lobbied actively against Taylor because she voted against the nondiscrimination ordinance and because of remarks she made prior to her vote against the ordinance. (See related links below.) However, she did have a handful of LGBT supporters who felt she should not be denied the position because of that one vote.

In remarks posted on Facebook, Chad Reumann, a governor for the local chapter of the Human Rights Campaign said, "I hope we as a community can regroup and now focus on how we can work with Mayor Taylor. I had hoped for something else. Yet I know now we must try and work together."

Local blogger Randy Bear, who supported Taylor's appointment, posted, "So here's my suggestion to CAUSA. Take time to work through your anger, but then start working with Mayor Ivy Taylor to get the NDO implemented. She has committed to it and you can make this a success for the community by taking her up on that commitment."

Immediately after she won the interim mayor vote, Taylor was sworn in and took over the meeting where she presided over an agenda item that set up the special election in District 2 for her replacement.

After the City Council meeting had ended, Taylor spoke to Texas Public Radio about her relationship with the LGBT community.

"I've always been committed to working with everyone in our community, even though we may not always agree on every issue," said Taylor. "I've talked with them about some of the things they'd like to see moving forward as far as implementation and I pledged that I'd be willing to work on that."

Opinion: The LGBT community should reconsider Ivy Taylor
By Marsha Warren, QSanAntonio, July 21, 2014
In the next few days, the San Antonio City Council will elect an interim mayor. From the body of council, they will select from amongst themselves the person who would become the one person who will represent all people of San Antonio, regardless of their beliefs, ethnicity, cultural background, or sexual orientation and gender identity. The person will serve as interim until the next election in May 2015.I

t's thumbs down for Ivy Taylor from CAUSA
QSanAntonio, July 19, 2014
In a statement issued on Friday, July 18 CAUSA (Community Alliance for a United San Antonio) did not endorse any of the four city council members who are seeking the position of interim mayor. However, one sentence in the statement made clear who they did not want to get the job.

CAUSA issues statement on selection of interim mayor
QSanAntonio, July 18, 2014
CAUSA (Community Alliance for a United San Antonio) issued a statement on Friday, July 18 regarding the selection of the interim mayor. Here is the text of that statement.

CAUSA to weigh in on interim mayor selection
QSanAntonio, June 25, 2014
Members of the Community Alliance for a United San Antonio (CAUSA) met on June 24 to discuss, among other things, the selection of the interim mayor and who might best fill the position.

LGBT opposition to Ivy Taylor persists as interim mayor selection nears
QSanAntonio, July 11, 2014
In just a few days, the City Council will begin the process of selecting the interim mayor. Within the LGBT community, there appears to be a consensus as to who should get the post: Anyone but Ivy Taylor.

Don’t deny Ivy Taylor’s chance to ‘evolve’
By Frederick Williams, San Antonio Current, July 2, 2014
Some residents from the LBGT community have publicly made it known that they oppose Ivy Taylor’s consideration by the council to serve as mayor in the interim before May’s general election.

In defense of Ivy Taylor
By Charles Kuffner, OffTheKuff.com, July 6, 2014
Ivy Taylor is a San Antonio City Council member. She’s currently considered a frontrunner to succeed outgoing Mayor Julian Castro once he leaves to become Housing Secretary. Her elevation to Mayor would be historic, as she would be the first African-American Mayor of San Antonio, but it has also generated some controversy because in 2013 she voted against expanding the city’s non-discrimination ordinance.

A Look To The Future, Not the Past
By Randy Bear, Bexar Left and Right, June 17, 2014
It seems that some within our city’s LGBT community don’t seem to be able to move past a vote taken almost a year ago with regards to the non-discrimination ordinance. One of the potential candidates for interim mayor, Councilwoman Ivy Taylor, is being rejected, not because of her work on council, but because of her vote on the ordinance, as if that one vote completely defined her council career.

LGBT activists balk at idea of Ivy Taylor as interim mayor
QSanAntonio, June 16, 2014
Political activists in the LGBT community say they are concerned by the news that City Councilwoman Ivy Taylor may be the frontrunner for the post of interim mayor after Mayor Julian Castro leaves San Antonio to take a position in President Obama's cabinet.

Commentary: The next mayor of San Antonio must support equality for all
By Dan Graney, QSanAntonio, June 17, 2014
I was recently quoted in the San Antonio Express-News as opposing the appointment of District 2 City Councilwoman Ivy Taylor as interim mayor after Mayor Castro is confirmed and sworn in as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. I just wanted to issue a statement that elaborates on why I think she does not deserve to be the mayor of this great city, not even for one minute.