AUSTIN (KXAN) — Zohaib “Zo” Qadri has defeated Linda Guerrero in the race for the City Council District 9 seat. District 9 contains downtown Austin, the UT Austin campus area and portions of central and south Austin.
Qadri secured about 51% of the vote compared to Guerrero’s 49%. Qadri won by about 300 votes.
“I think it’s about realizing the situation we’re in in the city. We are in a housing crisis,” said Qadri, who also emphasized transparency by city leaders. “How to combat it and make sure the city works for everyone.”
In a statement, Guerrero congratulated Qadri on his victory.
“This was a grassroots campaign driven by people who worked and lived in District 9. I am very proud and grateful to every volunteer who talked to voters about the issues important to our community. We ran a respectable and thoughtful campaign based on the many concerns and issues brought forward from District 9 voters. I congratulate Zo and wish him all the best,” Guerrero wrote.
Neither candidate received more than 50% of the vote in November election, prompting Tuesday’s runoff election. In that race, Qadri received 30% (10,759 votes) of the vote, while Guerrero received 22% (8,028 votes) of the vote in the district.
See election results for the Austin City Council District 9 runoff below.
Qadri said he promises to bring “all voices to the table” to tackle some of Austin’s biggest issues, which he lists as the climate crisis, public health and safety and housing affordability.