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First Somali mayoral forum set for May 31

Posted by: Eric Roper Updated: May 17, 2013 - 4:42 PM

Ahead of the DFL convention in early June, mayoral candidates will participate in the city's first-ever forum geared toward the Somali community.

The forum is being sponsored by Safari Restaurant, a South Minnepaolis Somali restaurant that often doubles as a political meeting place for the city's East African community. The event is May 31 at 6 p.m.

Somali activists have played a large role in the city election so far, culminating with candidate Abdi Warsame snagging the DFL endorsement for City Council. Incumbent council member Robert Lilligren dropped out of the running, citing an unfair caucus process.

The video advertising the event (below) is worth a look, since it features each DFL candidate for mayor introducing themselves in Somali.

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