While recently announcing his run for Dublin City Council against eight other candidates on the November ballot, local tech executive Kashef Qaadri promised to "work for a safe, resilient, and sustainable Dublin" and deliver results if elected.
"With nearly 65,000 people in Dublin, it is paramount to have people serve on the City Council who will represent us with integrity, a 'get-it-done' mindset, and who will tirelessly strive for the well-being of each and every citizen," Qaadri said. "My primary goal is to be your voice, represent you honorably, come prepared to work day one, and show impact to grow our community to even greater heights."
Qaadri is one of nine candidates -- all newcomers -- who are seeking either of two at-large council seats in the Nov. 3 general election. In a statement, Qaadri said that he "will invest time between now and election day to safely meet with local residents and business leaders to understand their concerns and discuss new ideas on improving our community."
Ahead of the election, the "scientist by training" who currently leads cloud strategy at a local life sciences research company has released his three-point campaign platform. That trio of priorities Qaadri said he wants to bring to the council are safety and preparedness, resilience and well-being, and economic and environmental sustainability.
"My plan is simple, let’s improve our safety and well-being, our resilience to deal with various circumstances, and our environmental and economic sustainability," Qaadri said. "Through community engagement and exploration, we can focus on the proper allocation of resources.
"Not by simply cutting budgets, but by building Dublin’s resiliency for the future and addressing issues such as improving neighborhood safety, attracting, supporting, and diversifying businesses, and improving outdoor spaces," he added.
Qaadri said he plans to "leverage" his business experience to "drive stronger fiscal responsibility" and work with neighboring communities as a part of his "goal to boost livelihoods."
Born in Washington D.C., Qaadri moved to the Bay Area 15 years ago and has worked in a number of professional leadership roles -- including business development and commercial operations -- at several established and growth-stage companies. According to his LinkedIn page, Qaadri graduated from Howard University with a bachelor's degree in biology and later attended Temple University.
The other candidates in the Dublin City Council race this year are Shawn Costello, Lucrecia Deleon, Razi Hansi, Sherry Hu, Michael McCorriston, Sri Muppidi, Dawn Plants and Samir Qureshi.
To learn more about Qaadri, visit www.qaadri4dublin.com.