Pearland business owner Adrian Hernandez will join the Pearland City Council as its newest member after a decisive win in Saturday’s runoff election.
Hernandez said he credits the win to his supporters and the people of Pearland.
“It just shows that when you commit to the city of Pearland, it commits to you,” Hernandez said.
Hernandez, who owns the Drink Station and is active in several civic organizations and the city’s parks board, ended with 4,717 votes, giving him 63.4 percent of the vote. His challenger, Dalia Kasseb, received 2,727 votes.
Turnout in the runoff was slightly better than for the original race, with 7,444 total votes cast.
In a Facebook post Saturday evening, Hernandez thanked Kasseb for her campaign. It was the second council run for Kasseb, who was vying the become the first Muslim to be elected to office in Brazoria County.
It was also Hernandez’ second campaign. He garnered 222 votes in a 2015 run for council.
“I look forward to getting more involved … the excitement lies in me learning what my role will be for the city,” Hernandez said. “The biggest thing for me right away is to find ways to express my thanks to everyone who helped me along the way, no matter how big or small.”