Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

NLC Board Member Elected San Antonio's Second Hispanic Mayor

Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

NLC Board Member Elected San Antonio's Second Hispanic Mayor

Article excerpt

Ed Garza, a 32-year-old Hispanic urban planner and member of the NLC Board of Directors, easily captured the San Antonio's mayor's race on May 5, capturing 59 percent of the vote to outdistance a fellow city councilman Tim Bannwolf, a 39-year-old white attorney, and become the second Hispanic ever to win the city's top job. Bannwolf had 28 percent of the vote. With all votes counted in the 11-candidate race, Garza had 59,039 votes to 28,562 for Bannwolf and 8,055 for Art Wall.

"I want to make San Antonio what you want it to be," Garza said alter the election as his supporters cheered. He said he will focus on job training, education, neighborhoods and economic development. Garza, stood beside his fiance, Anna Laura Gonzalez, whom he is to marry in October Garza said he owes his success "to the basic values my parents gave me."

Garza, a Democrat, is also active in NLC's Hispanic Elected Local Officials group. He will become the city's first Hispanic mayor since Henry Cisneros, who went on to become Housing Secretary under President Clinton. Cisneros is also a past president of NLC.

In Fort Worth, Mayor Kenneth Barr, also a member of the NLC Board of Directors, won reelection with 83 percent of the vote.

Mayors also were on municipal ballots elsewhere across the state, including El Paso and the tiny central Texas town of Crawford, which gained attention because it is near President George W. Bush's ranch.

A runoff will decide the winner of El Paso's mayoral election, where six candidates were vying for the city's top spot. …

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