San Antonio Mayoral Candidates Talk Livability

From left: Elaine Ayala, Tommy Adkisson, Ivy Taylor, Leticia Van de Putte and Mike Villareal.

Mayoral candidates in  San Antonio, Texas, joined AARP on April 14 for a debate that was moderated by Elaine Ayala of the San Antonio Express-News and was about making San Antonio more age-friendly.

Participating were Tommy Adkisson, Bexar County Precinct 4 Commissioner; Ivy Taylor, San Antonio's current mayor;  Leticia Van de Putte, a former Texas state senator; and Mike Villarreal, a former state representative.

Each candidate weighed in on livability issues focused around the core theme: How can we ensure that San Antonio streets and neighborhoods are safe, convenient and comfortable for all San Antonians?

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  • Adkisson proposed focusing on urban corridors to reinvigorate neighborhoods.
  • Taylor said safe, stable, mixed-income neighborhoods are indeed possible.
  • Van de Putte discussed transportation and outdoor spaces.
  • Villarreal emphasized safety and intergenerational connections.


What else did they say on issues from housing affordability to light rail? Watch the full debate below:

Kim Loop is an AARP Texas associate state director/communications.


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