Abdi Warsame wins Minneapolis City Council election - KMSP-TV

Abdi Warsame wins Minneapolis City Council election, makes history

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MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) -

Abdi Warsame is the first Somali-American elected to the Minneapolis City Council and is now the highest-elected person of Somali descent in the United States.

Warsame secured 64 percent of first-place votes to win the 6th Ward seat, unseating 12-year incumbent Robert Lilligren.

The 35-year-old Somali refugee made Minneapolis his home in 2008 after spending much of his life in England, where he earned a bachelor's degree in business from Middlesex University and a master's degree in international business from the University of Greenwich.

Warsame is currently the executive director of the Riverside Plaza Tenants Association and serves as the board chair of the Cedar-Riverside Neighborhood Revitalization Program. Riverside Plaza is home to nearly 6,000 people, many from east African nations.

Warsame was active in the redistricting process, working to ensure the city's East African population had representation at City Hall.

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