Michelle Bruch & Sarah McKenzie

Somali leaders playing key role in shaping mayor’s race

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The city's Somali-American community has been an influential force in this year’s highly competitive mayoral race.

Leading candidates have appointed Somali leaders to campaign leadership posts and candidates with smaller field operations have also made a point of reaching out to members of the Somali community for support.

Abdi Warsame, a Somali candidate for City Council in Ward 6, said Mark Andrew met with Somalis very early in the campaign season — before the other candidates, before the DFL caucus, even before Andrew officially announced his candidacy.

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