Two current council members, Arun Goel and Melissa Hernandez, and a newcomer are running for the City of Dublin mayor’s seat.
Following a mayoral run that fell short in 2018, current councilman Arun Goel said, "There were many within the community who wanted me to step up my partnership in a more visible role with the community, as I have heard them wanting to pause market rate housing to focus on community needs."Councilman Arun Goel makes a run for mayor's seat
Wrapping up her first full term on the City Council this fall, Melissa Hernandez said as mayor she would prioritize top goals of retaining and supporting businesses in Dublin, improving neighborhood safety, alleviating traffic, expanding city-school partnerships and protecting Dublin's open space. Councilwoman Melissa Hernandez running for mayor of Dublin
Business owner Regina Pangelinan is challenging sitting council members Arun Goel and Melissa Hernandez for the mayor’s seat.
Mayor forum recap: Dublin mayoral candidates discuss critical local issues during Weekly forum
In a crowded contest, nine candidates are running for two at-large seats on the Dublin City Council.
Dublin Human Services Commissioner Shawn Costello is taking another shot at a seat on the council, just two years after a 15th consecutive attempt. "If I was to be elected, I would have regular office hours like all of the other people that work there," Costello said. "Other people, they don't really have to be there, they can just show up at the meetings. But me, I want to be there at City Hall to help people, like a hands-on kind of person." Human Services Commissioner Shawn Costello campaigning again for Dublin City Council
Local businesswoman Lucrecia Deleon said the community needs "leaders that will fight for social justice, for equality and for economic development." Running her own business in Dublin for a decade and a half, the working mother told the Weekly, "I am not a politician naturally, but I will say this -- I believe now more than ever that we have to be engaged in our democracy.”
Tri-Valley fitness entrepreneur Razi Hasni has been building strong, healthy bodies since 2014 but said he's been building connections much longer. "I've been a bridge builder all my life; I am a complete blank slate," Hasni said, highlighting his lack of political alliances or allegiances and the outsider's view he promises to bring to the dais, if elected. Dublin City Council candidate Razi Hasni aims to be a 'bridge builder'
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Engineer Sherry Hu wants Dublin to "grow smart and sustainable" by approaching issues with a "pragmatic" mindset. "We have things we have to cope with, so how do we get there? It takes very experienced people like me," Hu said. Sherry Hu wants to bring 'pragmatic' solutions to Dublin City Council
Human services commission alternate and financial professional Michael McCorriston said his candidacy will focus on fiscal sustainability, smart development and housing solutions for his city. Finance professional Michael McCorriston launches bid for Dublin City Council
Sri Muppidi, a 24-year-old tech investor, said the city of Dublin needs the voice of its younger residents. "It’s time Dublin has people like me in office,” she said, “independent and free from the influences of special interest money, to build a more equitable and prosperous future.” Sri Muppidi wants to bring long-term vision to Dublin City Council
With 40 years in Dublin, longtime resident and Planning Commission alternate Dawn Plants said she's running for council to ensure the community comes first in planning its future. As a retiree, she said she has the time to devote to the position. Planning Commission alternate Dawn Plants seeks spot on Dublin City Council
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," he said. Tech exec Kashef Qaadri joins the run for Dublin City Council
Former planning commissioner Samir Qureshi said he is campaigning for one of two open Dublin City Council seats because he wants to give back to the community. Qureshi said his campaign slogan "Trust. Transform. Together." aligns with his council goals including local response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Council candidates' forum
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