More than 600 people gathered at the Arneson River Theatre in the late afternoon heat to watch the outdoor inaugural celebration.
In a ceremony preceded by a handshake with outgoing Mayor Ivy Taylor, Ron Nirenberg was sworn in as mayor of San Antonio Wednesday morning.
Ivy Taylor will not be remembered as a mayor who had a vision and and carried it through to fruition.
San Antonio’s new mayor and six new City Council members will be officially inaugurated on Wednesday, June 21 at the Arneson River Theatre.
The Northside was considered a stronghold for Taylor, but Nirenberg captured a majority in dozens of precincts that favored Taylor in the general election.
There are a number of issues this Council faces as soon as its members return – The fiscal year 2018 budget discussions, for example, begin in August.
William “Cruz” Shaw ousted incumbent Councilman Alan Warrick (D2) in Saturday’s runoff while Roberto Treviño (D1), narrowly held on to his seat.
Early vote totals for Saturday’s runoff election show Councilman Ron Nirenberg (D8) ahead by 7.6 percentage points, 53.8% to 46.2% respectively.
Skipping the runoff election wasn’t a hard decision.
In the initial May 6 ballot, fewer than one in 10 voters were under age 34, though they represent more than a third of San Antonio’s voting age population.