DUBLIN -- Abe Gupta, a business attorney and law school writing teacher, has been appointed to the City Council seat that Eric Swalwell vacated to serve in Congress.

Gupta, 29, was picked on a 3-1 council vote Tuesday over nine other applicants. The field included two current and two former members of the Dublin Planning Commission.

Councilman Kevin Hart, who cast the only no vote, indicated that he favored Doreen Wehrenberg, the runner-up in the November council election. Hart, however, said he considered Gupta a good applicant.

In a public question and answer Tuesday, council members said they were impressed by Gupta's legal and business background and his wish to attract high-tech jobs to Dublin.

Gupta called himself a "serial entrepreneur." He said he works primarily in the high-tech field bringing together investors and technology experts for start up and emerging companies.

Gupta said he wants the city to establish a business incubator center to help young high-tech firms take root here.

"I want to see more of those commuters getting off BART at 8 a.m. coming to jobs in Dublin," he said.

Gupta was sworn into office immediately after the vote.

Gupta teaches legal writing for law students at San Francisco Law School.

The son of immigrants from India, Gupta enrolled in Stanford University at age 16 and graduated with a civil engineering degree at age 19. He went on to get a law degree from the University of San Francisco.

Gupta, a Dublin resident for about two years, applied for a Dublin School Board vacancy that Megan Rouse was appointed to last month.

Gupta has served on the Alameda County Mosquito Abatement District Board.

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