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Ahmed Haji has filed to run as a candidate for mayor of Fargo. Haji said he hopes to give a voice to the Somali and other immigrant communities. David Samson / The Forum

Somali-American announces plans to run for Fargo mayor

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FARGO - Fargo may have its first African-American candidate for mayor.

Ahmed Haji, president of the Somali Community Development of North Dakota, filed his paperwork Monday with the city auditor's office.

Sharon Odegaard, a longtime employee of the mayor's office, said she is "quite sure" Haji is the first African-American to run, but the city auditor's office could not confirm it because race is not submitted in candidacy paperwork.

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