Longtime blue haven FLIPS seat red for the first time in two decades

by Jessica Marie Baumgartner

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Blue cities previously thought of safe havens for the Democrats seem to be ready for a change, recent election results show. In fact, voters in the Bronx selected a Republican for the first time in two decades, PIX11 News reported.

According to PIX11 News, Republican candidate Kristy Marmorato declared victory over Democrat City Council incumbent, Marjorie Velazquez in the 13th District, Tuesday.

Marmorato opposed a housing project that proposed 8-story buildings in an area that currently hosts private homes, the outlet reported. The situation led to residential protests and gave Marmorato a platform to promote her slogan, “people over politics.”

Her website highlights this slogan as well as key platform points, such as supporting small businesses, school choice programs, and fully funding the police force. 

She is endorsed by Rep. Lee Zeldin, R-N.Y., Former New York Governor George Pataki, and Andrew Giuliani, political commentator and son of former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani. 

Politico reported that this is a sign of New York’s shifting politics. The state is turning purple as voters reject blue progressive policies. 

Before Tuesday’s win, Marmorato described the people’s frustration. She said, “They want moderation. They just want a safe place to live.”

New York City Council Republican Leader Joe Borelli posted to X celebrating the win. He wrote, “Allow me to introduce our newest GOP council member.”

Zeldin also stated, “MASSIVE win for @KristyforNY in the Bronx tonight. Many New York City residents are fed up with the pro-criminal, high-tax, sanctuary city policies that are destroying the Big Apple.”

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