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Iowa City fills 3 seats, makes history with first immigrant to win council seat

"I Voted" stickers at the City of Dubuque Elections Annex
"I Voted" stickers at the City of Dubuque Elections Annex (KCRG)
Published: Nov. 8, 2017 at 7:35 AM CST
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Iowa City's city council had three seats to fill in their election.

Incumbent Susan Mims, who's currently an at-large council member, won the District B city council seat with 59 percent of the vote.

For the at-large seats, incumbent Kingsley Botchway and newcomer Mazahir Salih will fill the positions.

They earned 45 and 44 percent respectively, beating Angela Winnike.

Salih is the first immigrant to win a city council seat in Iowa City.

"I represent everybody in Iowa City, regardless if you moved half around the globe to come here like me or you were born here. I represent everybody in Iowa City," Mazahir Salih said.

Salih moved to the US from Sudan in 1997, earning a medical technician degree from Kirkwood.

"I've been talking during my campaign about affordable housing, economic development for all and transportation for this community.I will immediately move ahead and promise to do what I work on," Salih said.