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SAN ANTONIO -- City Council has chosen Ivy Taylor as the new interim mayor. Taylor will speak with KENS 5 First at 4 p.m. with Deborah Knapp.

Taylor is the city's first black woman mayor. She started her career in Housing and Community Development Department and Neighborhood Action Department. Taylor joined District 2 as a councilwoman in 2009. Taylor also boasts a Master's Degree in City and Regional Planning and has a Bachelor's from Yale.

The vote came down to the 10 council members at Tuesday's meeting. Mayor Julian Castro is headed to Washington D.C. to begin his job as the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Thursday.

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The vote came down to four council members: District 2's Ivy Taylor, District 5's Shirley Gonzales, District 6's Ray Lopez and District 8's Ron Nirenberg.

The four candidates were allowed to vote, but not for themselves. The voting went to two rounds before District 6's Ray Lopez withdrew his name.

More info: How the interim mayoral vote works

Before the council voted, citizens were allowed to speak to the council on who they wanted as mayor and what issues they wanted the next mayor to consider including: minority business owners, support for the non-discrimination ordinance and keeping the promises council members made to their constituents.

There are now two openings on city council as District 7's Cris Medina also announced he would be leaving council to fulfill his duties with the Air Force. Council will accept applications for interim council member starting Tuesday. Those people will then be interviewed by council and a special election held November 4th to fill that spot.

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City council members terms are two years with a maximum of four terms, or eight years. City council members can serve eight years as a council member and an additional eight as mayor.

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State Senator Mike Villarreal has already said he will be running for mayor in May 2015.

KENS 5's Jeremy Baker contributed to this report.

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