Today we’d like to introduce you to Sadaf Haq.
Sadaf, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
My faith and my family have always taught me that service is integral to our beliefs and values. I was raised to give back to our community and have done so in different capacities throughout my life. As a mother to three second-generation American daughters, I am trying my best to instill those same values through words and actions. Shortly after moving to Frisco, I became involved in the interfaith community. I enjoyed the outreach and understanding that were developing amongst different demographics within Frisco.
Being that it is a global city, I felt this understanding was vital to Frisco’s continued diverse growth. I was fascinated with how the city was functioning at a municipal level and felt the need to be a part of that process. After being appointed to a city board (Social Services and Housing), the importance of being an involved resident became even clearer to me. I’ve been fortunate to have had the opportunities to serve in different capacities in the city – I am currently chairing the City of Frisco Census complete count committee and am part of the first Inclusion Committee for the Mayor. My journey also leads me to serve on the education side of the city – the Frisco Education Foundation Advisory Board and the FISD Student Healthcare Advisory Council. I also graduated from Leadership Frisco and now sit on the advisory council for the program. It was after completing the year-long Leadership Frisco Program that I understood how crucial it was for Frisco to have honest leaders with integrity. With the ask and advice of many, I made the decision to run for local office, hoping voters will invite me to give back to my community at a greater level.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
The first and the best thing I’ve learned in politics – never take anything personally. I’ve experienced very interesting moments on the campaign trail. I have people reminding me that there is more love in the world than hate. And I strongly feel that seeing the true colors of people around you, some for the first time, allows for more focus on the desired end result. I would’ve never imagined my local race, which was supposed to take place in May, would get moved to the November general election, and that too during the Presidential cycle. It’s a whole different ball game! However, with everything that has happened from May until now — on a global, national and local level—this election delay has given me a deeper understanding of my candidacy. And I’ve also been able to meet so many Frisco residents that I may not have if the election had happened in May. I’m grateful for the extra few months to meet voters…since there will be about five times as many of them turning out on November 3rd!
We’d love to hear more about your work.
I wear many hats – Mother, Wife, Daughter, Co-founder/Business Development for Pain Management of North Dallas, and Community Advocate and Volunteer and currently a candidate for Frisco City Council, place 6. I am able to combine all roles and pursue my passions.
What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
My career path had been laid out for me: to be a Doctor and follow in the footsteps of my mother. Once I began medical school, I started to observe my classmates getting deeply excited and passionate after correctly identifying an artery or a nerve during Anatomy. Meanwhile, I was struggling to keep from vomiting at the smell of formaldehyde; I realized, “Perhaps this is not the path for me”. After a year of medical school, I decided instead to complete my Masters in Public Health and began working in the public sector. Having experience in both public and corporate work, I observed that, time and again, my most enjoyable moments were managing the projects with multiple collaborative partners. I’ve applied that experience and joy to every aspect of my life- bringing people, partners, and entities together and seeing the increased impact when doing so.
As a small business owner in the healthcare field, this experience of community building has helped grow my company as well. From our business’s inception, we’ve contributed to and become involved with different causes in the community- veterans groups, Frisco Police Departments, Frisco Arts, Frisco Education Foundation, Frisco Fastpacs, Frisco Chamber of Commerce, Frisco Family Services— just to name a few. Businesses who do good… will always end up doing well. Personally, I truly believe in building those connections and being able to see the results of those collaborations are always my proudest moments. There is always room at the table, and that has been and will always be my belief!
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