Providence labor activist wins city council seat
PROVIDENCE, R.I.—A hotel housekeeper and labor activist has been elected to the Providence City Council in a special election.
The Providence Journal reports Carmen Castillo was elected Tuesday to represent Ward 9 in a 495-to-86 vote. Her opponent was 20-year-old Christopher Chirino, a student at Community College of Rhode Island.
The seat was vacant after the death of Miguel Luna in August.
Castillo is known her role in organizing Westin Hotel housekeeping employees during a contentious 2 1/2-year labor dispute that ended in February.
Castillo's election brings the number of women on the council to two and increases the number of Latinos on the council to four.
Information from: The Providence Journal, http://www.providencejournal.com