Two Somali women, Safiya Khalid and Nadia Mohamed, win two seats in Lewiston City Council in Maine and Park City in St. Louis. Safia and Nadia thus become the first two Muslim women on the municipal council of these two cities in United States. pic.twitter.com/0ch0fCzmKP
— Almamy Kalumanzillaa™※ (@AlmamyMoha) November 6, 2019
According to the Washinton Post, Safiya Khalid faced racist threats from across the country:
She defeated Walter Hill 642-280 in what became a contentious race late in the campaign.
During a celebration at the Agora Grand Event Center after results came in, Khalid said her campaign is proof that “community organizers beat internet trolls.”
Late Tuesday night, Khalid said she had a gut feeling that Lewiston voters wanted change.
“It’s unbelievable,” she said. “My campaign was about pushing Lewiston to go forward, and to have an inclusive and diverse government.”
No election is too small. And change, however glacial it may feel, is happening.
NADIA MOHAMED MAKES HISTORY BY BECOMING FIRST SOMALI ELECTED TO ST. LOUIS PARK CITY COUNCIL
Nadia Mohamed, a 23-year-old politician who fled Somalia’s war when she was a young girl, made history Tuesday night by winning an at-large seat on the St. Louis Park City Council.
She will be the first Muslim woman and first Somali on the City Council.
“I’m running because I believe I can help our city reach out to everybody in St. Louis Park,” Nadia said in her campaign video.