The frontrunner gets the job--as San Antonio's City Council fills it's District Ten vacancy.
Mike Gallagher took the oath following a unanimous vote from Council--after dozens of his supporters showed up at Council to make the case for him.
"Thanks to the Council for their unanimous vote--I deeply appreciate that" Gallagher said, adding "I sincerely appreciate all of the people from throughout the city that turned out on my behalf."
Gallagher replaces Cartloton Soules--who departs to fully concentrate on his run for Bexar County Judge.
"It's like your jumping in to a raging river with an innertube--and you're not sure where it goes--but it's fun" Soules said, reflecting back on his time at City Hall. Mayor Julian Castro was among those who paid tribute to Soules' service.
"It's no secret that he and I didn't always agree on some matters--but there are also matters we very much agreed on. We were able to find common ground" Castro said. Others on the Council also paid tribute to their now former colleague.
"I really want to thank you always for your line of questioning--for your inspiring us to think about things differently" said District Five Councilwoman Shirley Gonzales. Others praised Soules for his dedication, as well as his preaparedness to discuss the big issues facing the Council.
"I appreciate your continues efforts for me to tap in to my inner conservative side" District Two Councilwoman Ivy Taylor said with a laugh.