Minneapolis suburb elects state's first Somali mayor
A Minneapolis suburb has elected the state's first Somali American mayor.
Driving the news: St. Louis Park Councilmember Nadia Mohamed defeated retired banker Dale A. Anderson in Tuesday's municipal election to succeed outgoing Mayor Jake Spano.
- Preliminary results Tuesday night showed Mohamed leading 58% to 41%.
The intrigue: Mohamed is believed to be the first Somali American elected as mayor of a U.S. city, per the Star Tribune.
- She'll also be the first Black woman to lead the city of 49,000.
Between the lines: Minnesota is home to the largest Somali American population in the nation. Members of the community have made significant gains in political representation in recent years.
- U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, who made history with her 2018 election to Congress, became the state's first Somali legislator in 2016. Today, there are five.
What she's saying: "This is a milestone. This is not the destination," Mohamed, who came to St. Louis Park as a refugee at age 10, told supporters Tuesday, according to the Star Tribune. "As mayor, I want to ensure people see themselves reflected in our policies."
Of note: Deqa Dhalac of South Portland, Maine, holds the honors of the first Somali American to serve as mayor, the paper notes. She was selected by the city's council in 2021.
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