Election results for San Antonio City Council runoff election, June 10, 2023

Sukh Kaur defeats incumbent Mario Bravo in District 1 race; Marina Alderete Gavito defeats Dan Rossiter in District 7




Sukh Kaur
Mario Bravo*
100% of Precincts Reporting

(49 / 49)




Marina Alderete Gavito
Dan Rossiter
100% of Precincts Reporting

(49 / 49)

Saturday’s runoff election includes San Antonio City Council Districts 1 and 7.

Here’s a look at the two races:

District 1


Sukh Kaur easily defeated incumbent City Councilman Mario Bravo in the District 1 race.

Kaur had about a 20% lead over Bravo most of the evening.

“I want people to know that the person they elected is who they’re going to get,” Kaur said at her victory party.

Kaur said she is ready to hit the ground running in her district.

”There are so many in District 1 right now where it’s a mess. And I’ve heard that loudly and clearly. So, one of my first hires is going to be solely directed just to addressing infrastructure,” she said.

Bravo called Kaur early in the evening to congratulate her.

“Unfortunately, the results didn’t come back the way we hoped. But even though I won’t be your councilman, I’ll continue to be your neighbor. My commitment to our community doesn’t end with this campaign. I’ll always be there for my neighbors. I called Councilwoman-elect Dr. Sukh Kaur to offer my congratulations and let her know that I stand ready to assist her in this transition and any way she may call on me going forward,” Bravo said in a statement.

Original Story:

Embattled Councilman Mario Bravo is facing Sukh Kaur in the District 1 race.

Kaur surprised the incumbent in the May 6 Election by capturing 34% of the vote compared to 26% for Bravo.

Bravo is in a fight to retain his position on the council after a tumultuous past year.

He was censured and received a no-confidence vote from his fellow councilmembers after berating District 7 Councilwoman Ana Sandoval ahead of a budget vote. An independent investigation found that Bravo violated city directives on equal employment opportunity/anti-harassment and violence in the workplace.

Kaur also got a big fundraising boost.

The most recent campaign finance reports show she collected $60,000 in political contributions between April 27 and May 31, compared to the nearly $51,000 taken in by Bravo.

District 7


Marina Alderete Gavito cruised to victory over Dan Rossiter in the District 7 race.

Gavito maintained a healthy 25% percent lead throughout the night.

“I was so proud to earn the trust and support of over 7,000 voters last time and so we just needed to pull them back out again,” she said at her watch party.

Gavito said she is ready to get to work for her constituents.

“We’re gonna be focusing on accountability and transparency. We really want a city government that works for them, for the residents. We want to know the status of projects going on in our community. We want infrastructure updates, on our streets and drainage,” she said.

Original Story:

Newcomers Marina Alderete Gavito and Dan Rossiter are battling it out in the District 7 race to replace Sandoval, who resigned from City Council in January, citing growing personal obligations.

Gavito came out on top from a field of six candidates in the May election, receiving 43% of the vote compared to 21% for Rossiter.

She has served on several boards, including VIA, Bexar County Child Welfare and UTSA College of Engineering.

Rossiter is on the board of directors for the Brooks Development Authority and was appointed to the 2022-27 Streets, Bridges, and Sidewalks Community Bond Committee by District 6 Councilmember Melissa Cabello Havrda.

Fundraising looks more lopsided in this race, where Gavito continues to bring in money. Gavito raised another $50,000 in the most recent reporting period, more than five times as much as the $9,000 Rossiter reported.

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About the Authors:

Leigh Waldman is a news reporter at KSAT 12. She joined the station in 2021. Leigh comes to San Antonio from the Midwest after spending time at a station in Omaha, NE. After two winters there, she knew it was time to come home to Texas. When Leigh is not at work, she enjoys eating, playing with her dogs and spending time with family.

Gavin Nesbitt is a photojournalist and video editor who joined KSAT in September 2021. He has traveled across the great state of Texas to film, conduct interviews and edit many major news stories, including the White Settlement church shooting, Hurricane Hanna, 2020 presidential campaigns, Texas border coverage and the Spurs.