Somali refugee wins Maine election after enduring threats online


Safiya Khalid, who was threatened on social media, won a seat on the Lewiston City Council.

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.

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


The 23-year-old Khalid was the 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.