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Ed Garza New Mayor in San Antonio

May 14, 2001

Easily outdistancing ten opponents in a May 5 election, two-term Councilman Ed Garza will become San Antonio's first hispanic mayor since Henry Cisneros. Garza garnered 59 percent of the vote compared to 29 percent for his nearest competitor, fellow Councilman Tim Bannwolf.

Garza, a democrat who was endorsed by the incumbent republican mayor Howard Peak, embraced many of Mayor Peak's programs and enjoyed a broad base of support. In a historic performance, Garza even won the city's northside, a feat unequaled by an hispanic candidate since Cisneros. In two other districts where Garza was expected to lose, including Bannwolf's home district, Garza fared well, narrowly losing 48 percent to 42 percent in Bannwolf's back yard and managing a statistical dead heat in the other.

The election reflected satisfaction with San Antonio's city government, as all five incumbent City Council members up for re-election were returned to office. Mayor Peak was unable to run again because of term limits.

Garza currently serves on the Board of Directors for the National League of Cities.