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Van De Putte Makes It Official, Launches Campaign For San Antonio Mayor

Joey Palacios
Texas Public Radio
State Senator Leticia Van de Putte holds her grandson following her official campaign announcement.

Leticia Van de Putte has clearly put that recent unsuccessful run for Lt. Governor behind her. On Thursday, surrounded by supporters and family in the remodeled Westside grocery store that is now her mayoral campaign headquarters, the Democratic state senator told the crowd of about 300 that she was ready to make San Antonio the next great American city.

“For us to be the next great American city we must have a community that protects its children, that understands that all neighborhoods need to be safe and that businesses need to thrive, that our economy must grow; it’s a place where everyone is at the table,” said Van de Putte.

She said she would like to see that all neighborhoods get equal attention. “We can’t have a decade of the downtown and neglect other neighborhoods. We can’t focus on restructuring the Southside without understanding that the Eastside also has tremendous opportunity for growth.”

Van de Putte has been a state senator since 1991 and faces three opponents in her race for mayor: State Rep. Mike Villarreal, former Bexar County Commissioner Tommy Adkisson and Army Maj. Paul Martinez.

Joey Palacios can be reached atJoey@TPR.org and on Twitter at @Joeycules