- She received more than 58 percent of first-choice votes in St. Louis, Minnesota.
- Mohamed was elected in 2019 as the council’s first Somali, first Muslim, and youngest council member.
At the age of 26, Nadia Mohamed made history this week after being elected as St. Louis Park first Black, first Somali, and first Muslim mayor.
Mohamed is also the youngest person ever elected to the west metro suburb’s top public office in the city’s 170-year history.
Succeeding Jake Spano, Mohamed received more than 58 percent of first-choice votes to best Dale Anderson, a retired banker who received 41 percent of first-choice votes.
“This is the second time I’m making history. What I had learned the first time is that this is just a milestone. It is not the destination,” she told Sahan Journal.
“It’s amazing to accomplish all these ‘firsts’, but it is not where we want to stop our story.”
I have no words tonight other than thank you! Thank you St. Louis Park for placing your trust and faith in me! 💜— Nadia Mohamed (@Nadia_Mohameds) November 8, 2023
Mohamed was elected in 2019 as the council’s first Somali, first Muslim, and youngest council member.
“Age doesn’t necessarily mean wisdom,” she said.
“We need the younger generation like Gen Z and younger millennials coming out and being present in our civic duties and engagements — whether it’s voting, running for office, or putting your input at the city, at the local level, the state level, the federal level.”
St. Louis Park is home to about 50,000 people, according to US Census data.
The population is mostly white, but residents of color have nearly doubled in the last two decades to 20 percent.