Jul 22, 4:40 PM EDT

San Antonio councilwoman voted city's next mayor

SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- The City Council has voted to appoint Councilwoman Ivy Taylor as the next mayor of San Antonio, replacing the departing Julian Castro.

An initial vote Tuesday by the council drew some support for Councilman Ray Lopez but he then withdrew from consideration, clearing the path for Taylor to become the first African-American woman to lead the city.

The San Antonio Express-News reports the mayoral term concludes next year and Taylor has pledged not to run.

Taylor is a graduate of Yale University who was elected to the council in 2009.

The U.S. Senate earlier this month easily confirmed Castro to head the Department of Housing and Urban Development, boosting the national profile of a Democrat with a compelling biography who's considered a vice presidential contender in 2016.

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