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Taylor picks up more endorsements

June 6, 2017 GMT

In the final week of the mayoral runoff, incumbent Ivy Taylor unveiled endorsements from several local politicians in her bid for re-election.

Taylor faces opponent Ron Nirenberg, the outgoing District 8 councilman, in a race that will be decided Saturday. The two emerged as the top vote getters from a crowded field of 14 in the May 6 general election.

Taylor has picked up endorsements from three exiting City Council members, including two who are leaving well before term limits would have forced them out, and a handful of local Democrats and Republicans.

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In a Monday press release, the Taylor campaign said the mayor has been endorsed by Councilman Ray Lopez, who is leaving his District 6 seat because of term limits, and outgoing councilmen Joe Krier and Mike Gallagher, seen as Taylor’s closest allies on the dais.

She also has been endorsed by state Rep. Lyle Larson, R-San Antonio, Bexar County Commissioner Kevin Wolff, the lone Republican on the Commissioners Court, his father, Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff, a Democrat, and former County Commissioner Tommy Adkisson, who placed in a distant fourth in his attempt to oust Taylor from the mayor’s office in the 2015 race.

“I’ve worked with many San Antonio mayors — as a city councilman, a county commissioner and now a state representative,” Larson said in Taylor’s press release. “The successful ones prudently invest your tax dollars in streets, public safety and other basic services, without increasing your tax rates. Ivy Taylor clearly is a successful mayor.”

Kelton Morgan, Nirenberg’s campaign manager, said about Taylor’s support: “If those kinds of endorsements mattered, Ivy Taylor wouldn’t be mayor.”

Some of the people who are endorsing Taylor in the runoff had supported former state Sen. Leticia Van de Putte in her failed mayoral bid against Taylor in 2015.

In recent weeks, Nirenberg has picked up endorsements from former mayors Phil Hardberger and Julián Castro, the latter of whom has helped the candidate in get-out-the-vote efforts.

Greg Jefferson, Taylor’s campaign spokesman, lauded his candidate’s endorsements and trashed those of the opponent.

“Mayor Taylor’s endorsements show she’s earned support across the political spectrum, and in every corner of San Antonio. She’s a consensus-builder with a long track record of success — from achieving water security to attracting new jobs to making our neighborhoods safer,” he said. “Councilman Nirenberg’s list of endorsements, on the other hand, is as thin as his resume. Still, both are longer than his record of accomplishments on council.”

The competing remarks from the two campaigns are stark reminders of how fraught with friction and discord this race has become. Both sides have used negative campaign tactics to cast shadows over each other, and comments from campaign surrogates have become increasingly curt.

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