MCALLEN, Texas – For the latest in our Meet the Candidate series we met up with Dr. Shahid Rashid, who is running for mayor of McAllen.

Born and raised in Karachi, Pakistan, Dr. Rashid is a physician and public health expert, trained at Johns Hopkins University and the University of Texas Medical School in Houston.

He has a practice in McAllen that specializes in pain management. He is happily married to Elean Ledesma, who was born and raised in Mission, Texas. They have six children.

Dr. Rashid has been serving McAllen for over two decades as a physician, community humanitarian, entrepreneur and philanthropist.

“I am not a politician. I am a physician and public health expert and I care deeply about my patients, my community and the city of McAllen,” Dr. Rashid told The Rio Grande Guardian.

“My practice specializes in pain management. I alleviate and reduce pain. I hope to alleviate and reduce the pain we are all suffering due to the pandemic and the fear and uncertainty we are all confronting due to the economic, social, medical and emotional upheaval that this virus has caused.”

Dr. Rashid added: “I strongly believe it’s my ethical, moral and professional duty to help my community during this critical time as I have the education, training, and expertise to do so.”

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