Dublin City Council candidate Sherry Hu wants to make her community of more than a decade "grow smart and sustainable" by approaching issues with a "pragmatic" mindset, should she win one of two open council seats in the Nov. 3 general election.
"We have things we have to cope with, so how do we get there? It takes very experienced people like me," Hu told the Weekly. "It also takes a leader -- proven leader, pragmatic leader -- to provide progress. We have only one city, we all share this city, so we have to work together, we have to get community input."
With an eye toward creating a "safe, smart and sustainable" Dublin, the career engineer said she would use her expertise in green building construction and technology to create an environmentally sustainable city, if elected, for starters.
"I'm a pragmatic problem-solver, I bring solutions and I have been very successful doing the work I'm doing," Hu said. "I'm experienced in architectural engineering and system ability development; I know we can find a solution to make our city grow smart and sustainable."
Hu also shared her desire to transform Dublin into a hub for high-tech companies and startups, which she said "will help with the traffic a lot and will make our residents have a more relaxing life."
"Silicon Valley can move to the Tri-Valley, and now is a good time to do it," Hu said, adding that "one of the things I will do to make that work is, we need to have a task force. This task force needs to be made up with high-tech people, businesses and residents."
Hu continued, "We invite (companies) to visit Dublin and we provide incentives -- those incentives could include to help them find a location, and there could be some tax incentive. They have to have some incentive in order to come here."
Also on the forethought of Hu's mind is helping local businesses that have struggled to survive during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as keeping the community at large safe.
"COVID impacted us so much but Dublin does better than a lot of surrounding cities," Hu said. "I appreciate what our leaders have done for the community. As for opening the businesses, we need to be really cautious. We want to work with Alameda County to take this cautiously, and we want to open up to make businesses recover, come back."
The city's loan program is a start, but Hu said "we can do more" to help small businesses like fitness centers, shops and salons that "do not have enough public awareness yet. Those are things we can help with, the marketing effort."
A Dublin resident for more than 10 years, Hu migrated from China to the U.S. about 20 years ago. While at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, Hu earned a bachelor's in environmental engineering and business, then a master's and later a Ph.D. in architectural engineering.
Hu also taught mechanical engineering at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas, where she led research teams in studying building energy performance, indoor environmental quality, and LEED certified green buildings. She also developed automatic measurement and data acquisition systems for the UNLV technology lab.
Since moving to the Bay Area, Hu has realized a number of achievements including an appointment as director of green building on the National Resource Defense Council and founding a nonprofit organization that helps Indian children with food and nutrition.
Hu has served as the Fallon Middle School PTA vice president and is an active member of the Dublin Chinese community and in her church. She has one son and one daughter with her husband Tom, whom she's been married for 20 years.
Nine candidates including Hu are running in the Nov. 3 City Council election: Samir Qureshi, Dawn Plants, Sri Muppidi, Shawn Costello, Razi Hasni, Lucrecia Deleon, Mike McCorriston and Kashef Qaadri.
To learn more about Hu, visit sherryhu.com.