On Saturday, June 13, 2015, history was made in San Antonio, Texas. Ivy Taylor became the first African American elected Mayor. Despite entering the mayoral race late and trailing in fundraising efforts, Taylor leveraged strong north side support and the power of incumbency and was victorious. Taylor was appointed interim mayor last summer when Julian Castro left the seat early to join President Barack Obama’s cabinet as Housing Secretary. Mayor Ivy Taylor was sworn in on Wednesday, June 24, 2015 for her first full term. In her speech, upon being sworn in, Mayor Taylor stated, “when young San Antonian’s who live in disadvantaged neighborhoods in our city turn on the evening news and see me and see the diversity of this City Council, my prayer is that they will believe they can be anything and more importantly, they will recognize that they have the power to become involved and shape the community that they envision.”
Mayor Ivy Taylor is the daughter of William and Patricia Jones of Wilmington, NC and the late Ivory Sidberry of Laurelton, NY sister of Vanessa Grady of Castle Hayne, NC; granddaughter of Ruth H. Davis of Wilmington, NC and the late Jessie M. Sidberry of Flushing, NC; and the niece of Iman Abdul and Beverly Shareef of Wilmington, NC.