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It's a boy for Councilwoman Gonzales

by Elizabeth Ruiz

City Councilwoman Shirley Gonzales broke her perfect attendance record when she missed Thursday's City Councilwoman, but she has a very good excuse...she gave birth  to a baby boy early Thursday, becoming the first City Councilwoman to have a baby while serving in office.

She and her husband, retired Chief Master Sergeant Kevin Barton are the proud parents of Ian Andrew Barton, who came into this world at 1:19 a.m. Thursday at San Antonio Military Medical Center.

"He weighs 4 pounds, 9 ounces and is 19 inches long and he's precious," said Gonzales' Chief of Staff, Choco Meza.

Ian came 2-and-a-half weeks earlier than expected, but Mom and baby are doing just fine.

Meza told 550 KTSA News Gonzales is physically fit and  has competed in 4 Iron Man Triathlons.

"She rode her bicycle until she was 8 months pregnant and she's always walking and exercising," said Meza.

Mayor Julian Castro noted Gonzales' absence at Thursday's meeting and congratulated the couple on the birth of their son.

"We're equally proud to have the first sitting Council member give birth to a baby," said Mayor Julian Castro.

Business in her office will continue as usual and the new Las Palmas field office on Castroville Road will open for business at 8:30 a.m. Monday, but the ribbon-cutting ceremony scheduled for this Saturday has been postponed until Saturday, November 16, said Meza.

The mayor has indicated that Gonzales can Skype into council meetings until she's ready to return to her duties at City Hall. 

"This is an extremely emotional and jubilant experience for Kevin and me. We have been waiting for this little bundle of joy and he is simply adorable," said  Gonzales.

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