First Somali elected to Minneapolis City Council

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The first Somali has been elected to the Minneapolis City Council.

The Star Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/176IafW ) Abdi Warsame secured 64 percent of first-place votes for the seat Tuesday. He defeated 12-year Council Member Robert Lilligren, a member of the White Earth Band of Ojibwe.

The 35-year-old left Somalia as a child and spent much of his life in England. He moved to Minneapolis in 2006 and heads the tenant association for the Riverside Plaza, the high-rises that house 4,000 East Africans.

Voter turnout in the ward increased significantly since the 2009 race, and Warsame won with three times as many votes as Lilligren garnered in his last election.

The newspaper reported Warsame is now the highest elected Somali in the country, but didn’t specify how it knows that.

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Information from: Star Tribune, http://www.startribune.com

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