Nick Halter

Yonis aims to be first ever Somali Park Board commissioner


President Barack Obama called him his East African brother and Mayor R.T. Rybak predicted he would someday become the president of Somalia.

For now, Hashim Yonis wants to become the first-ever Somali elected to the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board.

Yonis, 26, filed paperwork today to run for an at-large Park Board seat. The North Minneapolis husband and father of two boys will be fighting for one of three at-large seat in what should be a competitive field that features two incumbents in John Erwin and Annie Young, plus a former Park Board president in Tom Nordkye.


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