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Somali who was target of threats wins US municipal election

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) – A city in Maine that is home to thousands of African newcomers has elected a Somali American to its city council.

Safiya Khalid speaking at a Candidates forum at Geiger Elementary School in Lewiston, Maine. Lewiston, a city in Maine that is home to thousands of African newcomers has elected a Somali American to its city council. Safiya Khalid soundly defeated a fellow Democrat on Tuesday for a seat on the Lewiston City Council. (Andree Kehn/Sun Journal via AP)/Sun Journal via AP)

Safiya Khalid (sah-FEE’-yah kah-LEED’) soundly defeated a fellow Democrat on Tuesday for a seat on the Lewiston City Council.

She says her victory is proof that “community organizers beat internet trolls.”

The 23-year-old Khalid was subject of social media criticism and threats, much of it originating outside Maine.

A photo of Khalid flipping off the camera when she was 15 and an audio recording of a local Democratic leader taunting her opponent were featured in the attacks.

Somalis fleeing war and famine began settling two decades ago in Maine’s second-largest city. Lewiston is now home to more than 5,000 Africans.

Source: AP

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