One Democrat’s fate wasn’t certain as the election results rolled in Tuesday night, with a Republican challenger getting support from almost half of voters.
The District 13 City Council seat turned out to be closely contested between Democrat Marjorie Velázquez and Republican Aleksander Mici, before Velázquez declared victory.
With 96% of ballots scanned Wednesday afternoon, Velázquez had received 9,427 votes, or 55%, while Mici received 7,603, or 45%. While a 10%-margin won’t require the need for a recount, the competitiveness of the vote stands out in the borough, as the seven other contested City Council races for Bronx seats were landslides. With her win, Velázquez will now replace incumbent Democratic Councilman Mark Gjonaj, who did not seek reelection after one term in office.
The councilwoman-elect, who unsuccessfully challenged Gjonaj for the seat in a 2017 primary, will be the first Latina and woman of color to represent the district, which covers 18 neighborhoods, including Throggs Neck, City Island and Morris Park, to name a few.