Velázquez brushes off first-term criticisms to secure overwhelming win in District 13 Dem primary


Perception is often not reality. In politics, narratives can dominate a race, but in the end, getting more votes than your opponent is the most tangible and real sign of success.

The perception leading into a loaded June 27 primary for the District 13 City Council seat was that incumbent Councilmember Marjorie Velázquez was perhaps vulnerable due to vocal backlash regarding her about-face over the controversial Bruckner rezoning project in October 2022.

But the reality was that Velázquez and Democratic voters were generally unaffected by the criticisms levied against her by the sea of City Council hopefuls in both the Democratic and Republican primaries.