Hussein Samatar

District mourns Samatar


School Board Member Hussein Samatar, the first Somali-American elected to public office in Minnesota, died Aug. 25 due to complications from leukemia. He was 45.

Elected to the School Board in 2010, Samatar was an advocate for the district’s immigrant students and English language learners. A native of Somalia, he fled civil war in his homeland in the 1990s and made his home in Minnesota for nearly two decades.


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