Meet Peter Shahid
I am Peter Shahid and I'm running to be the next mayor of Charleston.
As a member of City Council since 2016, I have had a front row seat to the many issues facing our community and have the vision necessary to lead this wonderful city forward.
I was born in Charleston and attended local schools here. I have been married to my wife, Mary, for more than 30 years. Our family includes Pete, his wife, Sarah and their daughter, Mary Lee; James and Julia. I graduated from the University of South Carolina in 1978 with a bachelor's degree in political science and a law degree in 1981. During my legal career, I have served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney and a municipal judge in Mount Pleasant. Currently, I am a sole practitioner.
My grandparents migrated to South Carolina from Lebanon at the turn of the 20th Century. My paternal grandfather arrived in Charleston in 1899 at the age of 10. He worked from the time he settled here, selling goods from the back of a horse drawn cart. He and my grandmother raised 6 children from the money he earned from that cart. My grandfather opened a dry goods store and eventually purchased his own property to build Shahid Department's Store, a Charleston fixture on upper King Street for almost 100 years until it closed in 1998.
I, as well as my siblings and cousins, worked in the family store alongside my grandfather, father, uncle and aunts. We were taught the basic virtues of honesty, diligence, that long hard hours would pay off, that there was never a job too small or too big, and to care for the people who honored us with their patronage. I carry those virtues in my everyday life.
This city and its wonderful citizens opened their arms to offer my grandparents and my parents an opportunity to raise a family, to earn a living, and to take advantage of the freedoms we sometimes take for granted. My siblings and I were ingrained with another basic concept - to get involved in and serve our community. As long as I can remember, members of my family, including myself, have engaged in some aspect of public service, as I have practiced through high school, college and my adult life striving to become a leader in my community.
I was elected to Charleston City Council representing District 9 in 2015 and was re-elected in 2019. I initiated the West Ashley Revitalization Commission, created the Stormwater Department, and formed the Council Budget Committee. I have been a strong advocate in protecting our neighborhoods and being responsive to citizens' needs and concerns. Public Safety has been a top priority for me and ensuring that all city employees receive better pay.
I want to take the success I have demonstrated in the past and carry it forward to the next level by serving as mayor and addressing head on the serious problems of storm water (flooding) management, attainable housing, traffic, and controlling our unchecked growth. I want us to re-think Charleston to make Charleston for Charlestonians.
With your vote, I can become your next mayor to provide strong leadership for our community. I am dedicated to working hard for all citizens. Most importantly, I possess the vision to lead Charleston as it continues to grow. With proven experience as a Charleston City Council member, community leader and businessperson, I will continue to offer real solutions to real problems, striving to make Charleston a better place for us all.