Dr. Asif Mahmood Officially Files Candidacy, Would Be First Muslim American Elected to Statewide Office in Country

Candidate for State Insurance Commissioner Dr. Asif Mahmood officially filed his paperwork to run for statewide office and take on President Trump’s continued attacks on Muslims, immigrants and most recently, California.

After he filed, Dr. Mahmood said, “”I first thought about running for public office after President Trump won the 2016 campaign, and I hoped that my story – the story of a Muslim immigrant from Pakistan who came to this country with the dream of becoming a doctor – would connect with the thousands of Californians who feel their voices aren’t heard by their leaders. Now, that decision has become a reality, and I am excited to be an official candidate for Insurance Commissioner! We’ve come a long way since 2016 – I’m proud of the depth and breadth of support that this campaign has built so far, I’m proud of the generous support of Californians around the state, and I’m proud that after November I could be the first doctor to be Insurance Commissioner, and the first Muslim ever elected statewide in the history of the country. I look forward to continuing our great work over the next several weeks while we get our message out to voters before the primary.””

Dr. Asif Mahmood is a practicing physician in Pasadena who has spent the better part of two decades fighting insurance companies on behalf of his patients. During that time he has never asked for payment from a patient who did not have health insurance. Because he believes that Insurance Commissioner candidates should not take money from the industries they will regulate, he has pledged not to take money from insurance companies or pharmaceutical companies. Throughout his career, Dr. Mahmood has been dedicated to helping the underserved because he understands what it means to struggle for necessary services and resources. Dr. Mahmood was born in a rural village in Pakistan where he attended schools that did not have a roof, let alone chairs or desks. Thanks to his teachers and parents, Dr. Mahmood was the first person in his village to be admitted to the medical school in Karachi. He moved to the United States to pursue his medical residency, raise his family and start his practice.