COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Somali Link Newspaper has endorsed Rep. Michael Stinziano for Columbus City Council.
The Somali Link endorsement is Rep. Stinziano’s fourth endorsement for City Council by a major newspaper in Columbus, joining previous endorsements by the Columbus Dispatch, The Columbus African American News Journal, and the Columbus Post.
“I’m honored that the Somali Link, the voice of the Somali community in Columbus is supporting me,” Stinziano said. “On Council, I will champion effective, common-sense solutions to build a better, brighter future for us all. As a New Voice at City Hall, one of my top priorities will be to support increased funding for police, fire, EMS, and neighborhoods safety programs like block watches and community crime patrols that empower us to take control of our neighborhoods and keep us safe.”
In its October edition, the Somali Link said in endorsing Stinziano, “Micheal Stinziano waa dimoqraadi doonaya in uu madax ka noqdo maamulka magaalada Columbus. Wuxuu hadda u ordayaa kursi ka mid ah kuraasta magaalada maamulkeeda oo shan ah. Wuxum horay uga soo shaqeeyey, madaxna uga soo noqday xarunta lagu codeeyo ee degmada Faranakalin (Franklin Board of Elections). Shaqadiisu waa qareen, wuxumma hadda yahay sharciyahan loo doortay aqalka Ohio (Ohio State House). Stinziano wuxuu saaxiib ka dhigtay bulshada Soomaalida eek u dhaqan Columbus, Ohio markii ugu horaysey ee la doortay, wuxuuna caawiyey dad aad u fara badan oo Soomaali ah mudadii lixda sano ahayd ee ugu danbaysay. Wuxunna yiri ‘haddii aad ii dooratann maamulka magaalada Columbus, aniguna waxaan maamulka magaaladda u soo rarayaa jaalliyada Soomaaliyeed ee Columbus gudaheeda’. Wuxum aaminsan yahay in Soomaalidu iyadu cid u soo doorato maamulka magaalada Columbus iyo kan gobolka Ohio labadaba. Waxaan dhiiri galinayaa in dad Soomaali ahi u tartamo doorashooyinka magaalada iyo kuwa gobolka lababa. Waxaan ahy saaxiib aad ku leedihiin maamulka magaalada Columbus. Fadlan u codee Micheal Stinziano.”
The endorsement of The Somali Link is the 20th endorsement that Rep. Stinziano has received this year from a growing group of community organizations, elected officials, and business and labor leaders that support his candidacy for Council, including the Central Ohio Building and Construction Trades Council; Columbus Professional Firefighters Local 67; Teachers For Better Schools; the Central Ohio Labor Council AFL-CIO; Central Ohio Sierra Club; Franklin County Adelante Democrats; OCSEA AFSCME Local 11; the Fraternal Order of Police; The Columbus Dispatch; The African American News Journal; The Columbus Post; Stonewall Democrats of Central Ohio; Young Elected Progressives; the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, District Council 6; Sheet Metal Workers Local 24; Sprinkler Fitters Local 669; Teamsters Local 284; Franklin County Young Democrats; and the Franklin County Democratic Party.
In addition to Rep. Stinziano, The Somali Link also endorsed the candidacies of Council Members Zach Klein, Jaiza Page, Shannon Hardin, and Council candidate Elizabeth Brown for City Council.