Kashef Qaadri, a current alternate member of the Dublin Planning Commission, has qualified for the ballot to run again for the Dublin City Council, competing for one of two at-large council seats up for grabs this fall.
Qaadri, a city resident who previously sought a council seat in the 2020 election, issued a press release earlier this month confirming his 2022 candidacy and detailing several major campaign issues for the upcoming Nov. 8 general election.
"Partnering with residents to help our fast-growing and diverse city become an even stronger, safer, and more vibrant place to live is what I intend to do" Qaadri said in his campaign statement.
Qaadri has recognized three main aspects for his campaign platform, as identified in his public statement and website: increased housing options, supporting local businesses, and environmental sustainability.
"I look forward to partnering with affordable housing advocates and experts to explore concrete action steps, including increased accountability and additional incentives the City Council can take to ensure that the city meaningfully addresses this critical gap in affordable housing," Qaadri said on his website.
City voters will choose between Qaadri and two other candidates for the two at-large positions on the City Council -- Vice Mayor Jean Josey and former planning commissioner Lynna Lan Tien Nguyen Do are also on the ballot. Incumbent Councilmember Shawn Kumagai opted not to seek re-election because he is a finalist on Nov. 8 for State Assembly District 20.
Qaadri, who finished sixth in a nine-candidate race for council two years ago, currently serves as an executive at a life science company in the region. His area of specialty is in software strategy leadership.
"Kashef will leverage his deep business experience to drive stronger fiscal responsibility, collaborate with neighboring cities, and employ technology/smart solutions," according to his campaign.
He has previously contributed to other public service roles such as Alameda County Public Health Commission, Dublin Unified School District Citizen Bond Oversight Committee and acting as president of the Amador Elementary School Site Council.
"In addition to expanding our vibrancy, among my top priorities are traffic improvement and increasing communication and collaboration between our city and schools," Qaadri said in his press release, expanding on campaign items.
To find out more about Qaadri's candidacy, visit www.kashef4dublin.com/.