Deqa Dhalac became mayor of the state's fourth-largest city on Monday. Voters elected Dhalac to the council in 2018, and this year, the seven-member council decided to elevate her to the mayoral post.
Dhalac immigrated to the US from Somalia and has a background in social work. She represents the city's fifth district.
CAIR, a Muslim civil rights group, hopes Dhalac “will help inspire a new generation of American Muslims as they take an increasing role in building a better society,” spokesperson Ibrahim Hooper said.