My grandparents came to South Carolina from Lebanon at the turn of the 20th century, and this city took them in. My grandfather built Shahid’s Department Store on upper King Street, which stayed in our family for almost 100 years. I, as well as my siblings and cousins, worked in the family store alongside my grandfather, father, uncle and aunts, where we learned the values of hard work, diligence and community. I’ve proudly raised my family and worked here, serving as an Assistant U.S. Attorney, a municipal judge, and now practice law with my son at Shahid Law Office.
Since being elected to City Council in 2016, I have had a front-row seat to the challenges this city faces – public safety, flooding, attainable housing and poor infrastructure – and what happens when we don’t have the leadership we need to confront those challenges head-on. We need a mayor who is ready to fight for this city and our residents. That’s why I’m running.