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November 06, 2013

Somali-American Makes History as Lawmaker

by VOA News

A newly elected councilman in the northern U.S. city of Minneapolis is poised to become one of the highest elected persons of Somali descent in the United States.
 
Abdi Warsame won the race for city councilman in a landslide victory on Tuesday against incumbent candidate Robert Lilligren.
 
In an interview with VOA, Warsame said he has a feeling of "quiet satisfaction" about his victory.
 
"I would describe it as a job well done and a feeling of content because we worked very hard for the last three years to be where we are today. To get a landslide victory against an incumbent, it is a remarkable achievement," said Warsame.
 
Warsame was born in Somalia and raised in Britain. He settled in Minneapolis in 2008.
 
He says that as a city councilman, he plans to focus on creating jobs and improving education and transportation.