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Van De Putte Gains Endorsement Of Leaders In Ivy Taylor's Territory

Joey Palacios
Texas Public Radio
Leticia Van De Putte is joined by City Concilman Alan Warrick (left) and County Commissioner Tommy Calvert on the city's eastside.

  Mayoral Candidate Leticia Van De Putte has received the endorsement of several Eastside elected officials from the heart of her opponent’s council district.  The endorsement follows one received by Ivy Taylor last week.

Across from the massive and empty Friedrich Building on East Commerce St., San Antonio District 2 Councilman Alan Warrick and County Commissioner Tommy Calvert said they’re supporting Leticia Van De Putte. Warrick said he believes Mayor Taylor lacks leadership.  “Ivy Taylor hasn’t put forth a vision for the district or the city, and we can’t go further down this road without facing some serious repercussions,” Warrick said. “Simple things like Uber and Lyft, just the ball keeps getting dropped or the can keeps getting kicked.”

Uber and Lyft are the ride-hailing companies that mostly left San Antonio after an ordinance passed that Taylor supported. Warrick believes Van De Putte will be able and committed to complete long standing projects.  Commissioner Calvert said he’s backing the former senator because she doesn’t hold grudges.

The former state senator welcomed the endorsements from the officials who live in and represent Taylor’s own neighborhood. “It says so much about Ivy Taylor’s leadership versus my commitment and my proven leadership for this community,” Van De Putte said.

Mayor Taylor calls claims against her baseless. “During my tenure as the District 2 councilmember I’ve brought over half-a-billion dollars in new projects from new apartment developments, Promise Neighborhood, Wheatley redevelopment,” she listed.

SAISD board member James Howard also endorsed Van de Putte.  Last week Taylor generated headlines when she received support from former mayoral opponent Tommy Adkisson who finished fourth in the first round of voting.

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