Saturday, December 5, 2015

Abdi wins!

Sabrie joins incumbents on Mankato school board

Posted: Wednesday, November 4, 2015 8:00 am
By Trey Mewes

MANKATO — Abdi Sabrie knocked on a lot of doors over the past few weeks as a candidate for one of four open Mankato Area Public Schools Board seats. His daughter, Sarah Sabrie, 8, went with him through several neighborhoods.

Abdi was on his third campaign for a school board seat and really didn't want to disappoint Sarah.

"I wouldn't be able to live with her," he said with a laugh Tuesday night at the district's election gathering inside the Intergovernmental Center. "She door-knocked with me a lot and she had to deal with some dogs."

Dad came through in the Sabrie family — Abdi joins Ann Hendricks, Judi Brandon and Sara Hansen as Mankato's newest school board members. Sabrie was the only non-incumbent to be elected to a board seat Tuesday, and is the first Somali immigrant elected to Mankato's school board.

"Being an immigrant is not a barrier," Sabrie said. "That point has been proven tonight."

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