AUSTIN (KXAN) — José Velásquez is the projected winner for Austin City Council District 3.

Velásquez defeated Daniela Silva with 53% of the vote, earning the opportunity to represent parts of east and southeast Austin. Velasquez received 4,165 votes to Silva’s 3,646.

He said he’s looking forward to working with community groups he says have been “neglected for a long time.”

“We want to make sure they have a voice at the table. We are the campaign to hit the ground running on day one because we have strong, longstanding relationships,” he said.

Neither received more than 50% of the vote in the Nov. 8 election, which is why they moved to a runoff. They were a few percentage points different in that election — Velásquez had 36% (7,650 votes) while Silva received 34% (7,228 votes).

See election results for the Austin City Council District 3 runoff below.

Velásquez is a fourth-generation Austinite and said he is running because of a “lack of urgency around affordability,” according to his candidate interview with the City.