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Taylor Gets Adkisson’s Vote Of Confidence Ahead Of Run-Off

Joey Palacios
Texas Public Radio
Ivy Taylor receives the endorsement of Tommy Adkisson on the steps of City Hall

Former mayoral candidate Tommy Adkisson has thrown his support behind sitting Mayor Ivy Taylor as the run-off election for San Antonio Mayor inches closer against former State Senator Leticia Van De Putte.

On the steps of City Hall, supporters for Taylor gathered behind Adkisson, a former county commissioner, as he listed reasons why he’s endorsing the sitting mayor in the June13 run-off.

“The chief elected official needs to be here, and I know that elected official will be Ivy Taylor,” Adkisson said. “I know she will not be gallivanting around. She will be on it night and day doing great things, and making sure that our community is taken care of.”

Adkisson was one of 14 contenders for the seat and did not make the run-off, along with former State Rep. Mike Villarreal, another high profile candidate. Taylor said she was humbled to receive his backing.“This is not just about signing his name on, I know he’s going to be actively talking with all the folks who have supported him over the years,” Taylor said.

Adkisson said he did not choose Leticia Van De Putte as he believed Taylor had more local experience. Van De Putte led the May 9 election with 33 percent of the vote, with Taylor a close second.

A spokesman for the Van De Putte campaign, Christian Archer, said though, that he didn’t believe Adkisson’s endorsement was very credible, based on insinuations Adkisson had made in the past.“He made his entire campaign platform about ‘don’t vote for Ivy Taylor because she’s two faced,’” Archer said. “To then endorse the person that you called two-faced I don’t think carries a lot of weight with many people.”

Van De Putte previously received the Police and Firefighter Union endorsements. Villarreal has kept a low profile after finishing third in the election.  A spokesman involved with his campaign said he was as yet undecided on whether he would make a full endorsement or not.

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