LEWISTON — Lewiston’s Somali community is marking its first decade in Maine’s second-largest city.

In the last 10 years, Somalis’ influence in Lewiston can be seen in many ways. Their influence in felt on the city’s streets, schools and economy. Somalis have rapidly become active, full-fledged members of the community, and a growing number have received citizenship.

The Sun Journal of Lewiston also says that for the first time, Somalis ran for public office in this year’s elections, conducting write-in campaigns for an at-large seat on the Lewiston School Committee. One candidate received 41 percent of the vote, but lost to a former school superintendent.

Somalis comprise nearly 10 percent of Lewiston’s population, making it perhaps the only city in the country where the largest minority group is Somali.